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Board plan moves forward

Friday, February 12, 2010

Bill Houck
On Thursday, the Brazil Parks Board met at City Hall to further discuss its five-year plan.

Board President Ruth Ann Jeffries told The Brazil Times part of the second half of the plan is to formulate an action plan.

According to Jeffries, Park Supt. Bill Houck recently conducted an evaluation of everything at Forest, Craig and Wheeler parks, including anything that needed repaired or anything that was not functioning properly.

Jeffries said the board will now take the evaluation and formulate the action plan, which will be added to the five-year plan.

On Thursday, the board went through Houck's evaluation.

"This is just a guide for us," Jeffries said. "It gives us something to go by so we can make goals and objectives each year. We've worked so hard to get the parks in the shape they're in."

According to Jeffries, Forest Park needs the most improvements.

"There's a lot of things we need to address," she said. "It's really going to need some repair work. There's so much more over there. There's so much more activity going on over there. It's kind of a never-ending as far as maintenance goes."

Jeffries said suggested improvements include repairing the Chafariz Dos Contos Fountain at the front entrance of the park.

"It's really going to need some repair work," she said.

In addition, she said the tennis courts at Forest Park will have to be resurfaced, estimating the cost at $50,000 to "do it right."

She said Craig and Wheeler parks are in need of minimal repairs at this time.

Once the five-year plan is completed by the board, they will submit it to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Jeffries said the plan would be submitted to the organization in order to help the board apply for grants to help pay for repairs.

"Without (a five-year plan) in place, you cannot apply for grants," Jeffries said. "The big projects will have to be done with grant money."

Jeffries added the goal this year is to "maintain," especially with the economic crunch many cities and towns -- including Brazil -- are going through.

The first half of the plan had to be presented to DNR by Jan. 15. Jeffries said the board received it back recently and it had been approved with a few modifications.

She said the second half of the plan must be turned into the DNR by April 15.

"Once it's approved, then the board can apply for grants," Jeffries said.

During its March meeting, the board intends to have the final plan presented for public approval and suggestion.

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Way to go, park board!. You guys are really doing a fantastic job. Also, Bill Houck is doing a great job. Keep those security guards if you can. I didn't notice near as many vandalism reorts as in the past.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 9:31 AM

Forest Park needs more bathroom facilities. There needs to be facilities near shelter 10 at the entrance to the park off of Pinckley street and also near the entrance at St. Rd.59. These need to be handicapped accessible facilities so that all citizens can use them. Forest Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the state. I appreciate the hard work that goes into maintaining it.

-- Posted by virginiagrace on Sat, Feb 13, 2010, at 11:02 PM

I know that doing anything related to remodeling/construction is probably not feasable at this time, but I would like to see that old nasty "Comfort Station" in Forest Park leveled and replaced by a bigger facility.

Forest Park hosts alot of community gatherings and some of those draws visitors in from outside our community. The present facility is to small, not well designed, and just in general is not very inviting.

Also, the lot where the carnival sets up should have drainage. Because it doesn't, the rain we always get and with the crowds, that area takes a horrendous beating. Keeping it dryer and thereby more firm, would reduce the repair after those kind of events are over. This should have been done 40 years ago.

I also wish that the main roads of the park would get repaved. I realize that just about all roads need repaved in this town, but again, Forest Park is often the only place in town that actually might bring visitors into our town.

Mr. Houck and his crew do good work with the limited funds/support that they get and deserve credit. Let me be clear, I'm not in any way blaming the park board in any of this, they are only the stewards of the limited budget they have to work with. Their desire to implement a 5-year plan that may trigger a grant in which to do some things is commendable.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Sun, Feb 14, 2010, at 11:21 AM

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