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Parks Board thinking ahead for the new year

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The City Parks Board needed a quick turnaround from purchase to construction on this pole barn, and this winter the parks' supplies are well protected. Melinda Quasius Photo.
While snow covers the rooftops and the trees, very few people are thinking about the Brazil City Parks.

Except for the Brazil City Parks Board.

At the January meeting of the Parks Board, a list of achievements and a set of goals were unveiled, reminding the board that, even when the weather does not cooperate, there is work to be done.

In 2007, the landscapes of Forest Park and Craig Park changed with dead trees and stumps removed, land graded and rerocked, new equipment and new buildings.

Parks Superintendent Bill Houck was in charge of seeing through all of the projects, and did much of the improvements himself.

In November, Houck asked for a new pole barn and a new tractor for the parks. Maintenance supplies and equipment had been stolen or damaged while not in storage.

The board approved both purchases, but the construction of the barn needed to be complete before Dec. 31 if the board was going to use money from the 2007 budget.

FBi Buildings completed the pole barn within the allotted time frame, and new playground equipment and the new tractor are already stored in the new building.

Installing the playground equipment at Forest and Wheeler Parks is high on the priority list for 2008.

Also coming up for the parks board will be replacement of the fencing around Wheeler Park, and sealing the basketball courts at Wheeler and Forest Parks.

More big projects, which will be planned and budgeted for in 2008, include overhauling the tennis courts and repairing the swimming pool deck at Forest Park.

Houck has received one bid for the tennis courts, estimated at $47,000.

The parks will also continue to be cleared of dead brush, especially by the walking path in Craig Park.

Outdoor activity weather may not return for a few months, but the Brazil City Parks Board is already thinking about how to make the parks better.

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