By DIANE DIERKS
Improvements will be made to the walking track area at Forest Park in the coming months. The Brazil City Department of Parks and Recreation met Wednesday evening at City Hall to discuss park matters.
The board approved the construction of two mini-shelters to be placed inside the walking track.
Materials for the shelters will cost approximately $1,550. The shelters will rest on concrete pads with a sidewalk leading to them. The walking track is used year-round and the added shelters will function as a rest area and retreat from inclement weather.
According to Ruthann Jeffries, board president, a recent donation of $500 from the philanthropic organization Delta Theta Tau will be used for the project. Plaques will be placed in the shelters to acknowledge the sorority's generous donation.
The comfort station, located on the north side of the walking track, will also receive some much needed upgrades.
The board approved a motion to install a furnace to provide heat, allowing the comfort station to remain open through the winter months.
In the past, the restroom near the softball field was open year-round. However, the comfort station is located closer to the walking track and has more pedestrian traffic during the winter months.
The estimated cost of the heating system is $2000, which will be allocated from the general Park and Recreation Board fund.
According to Linda Messmer, board treasurer, 75 percent of the annual budget has been spent, which is on target for the year.
Ruthann Jeffries said, "We are working very hard to make sure we don't over or under spend money for the parks."
Brazil City Department of Parks and Recreation meets the second Wednesday of every month at City Hall at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.