SL Park Advisory Board approves plan list

Monday, October 9, 2000

The Storm Lake Park and Recreation Advisory Board has approved its park plan list, which includes possible short- and long-term park improvement projects.

Storm Lake street superintendent Pat Kelly said some of the items on the list are a day-to-day matter for the parks department, while others will be budgeted items in upcoming fiscal years.

The short term list, scheduled to be completed in 1 to 3 years, includes:

* A play structure by the swimming pool.

* Signs in the parks for animals on leashes and for owners to pick up any messes their pets make.

* More garbage containers.

* Improved lighting in parks.

* An evaluation of the memorial tree program.

* More drinking fountains.

* Replacement of parking retaining wall at Sunset Park.

* Review of all play equipment while developing a centralized plan.

* More rock at the campground.

* Play structure at West 9th Street Park.

The "medium" term plan, for completion between three and six years includes:

* More covered and open shelter houses in all parks.

* More green space for future development.

* Extend sidewalks to all play structures.

* Sidewalks in Radio Park on both sides as well as setting future plans for Radio Park.

* "Super" play structure at Frank Starr Park.

* Barrier and parking along Scout Park.

* Start "Adopt-a-Park" program.

* Replace parking barriers in all parks.

* Enclose tennis courts at Chautauqua Park.

The long term goals are scheduled for work between 6 and 10 years down the road. Those include:

* Pedestrian crossing by Flindt and Lakeshore.

* Removal of the old water plant.

* Conversion of the old pump house.

* Wider sidewalk along Lakeshore from pool to Chautauqua Park.

* Start a program and reward system for reporting vandalism in the parks.

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