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Park Board discusses goals for upcoming year

Thursday, January 20, 2011

During its January meeting, the Brazil City Parks Board reviewed its accomplishments from 2010 and set up a list of goals for 2011.

Brazil City Parks Superintendent Bill Houck provided a list of accomplishments for Forest Park, Babe Wheeler Park and Craig Park.

Houck said the following was accomplished at Forest Park in 2010:

* More dead trees were taken down,

* A new electrical pole, weatherhead and line was installed at Shelter No. 8,

* The grass parking lot on the west side of the Clay Youth League ball fields had more dirt added and was seeded again,

* One hundred and sixty-two plastic benches were added to the band shell area,

* John Day repaired some of the electrical systems in the park and added more electrical components,

* The Brazil City Street Department and County Highway Department resurfaced part of John Stelle Drive,

* The board installed security cameras,

* The park pool was re-painted, and

* The old damaged stalls in the men's restrooms at the Pavilion were removed and two new stalls were installed.

Houck added the following was accomplished at Craig Park in 2010:

* Officials removed brush and weeds from around the zoo building and along the east side of the park by waterworks road,

* Officials cleaned up some more brush and dead tree limbs from the south end of the park along the old railroad grade where the new walking track will be, and started cleaning and making a walking trail back in the west side of the park in the woods,

* Regraveled the road leading to the dam,

* Through donations, received new signs for the two ponds at the park, and

* Had a successful Fishing Fun Day.

In addition, Houck said toilets were painted at Wheeler Park and a wooden swing was installed on one of the old baby swing sets.

While the board was pleased that several dead trees have been taken down, they expressed a desire to plant more trees this year.

Houck also provided board members with a list of goals for 2011 for the three parks, including:

* Replacing and painting some of the missing parking area posts in Forest Park,

* Upgrading some of the parking areas at Forest Park,

* Finding and repairing the hole in the Forest Park pond,

* Continuing to upgrade the old plumbing in all the parks,

* Continuing to rehabilitate shelters, which have rotted posts, by cutting off the rotten parts and inserting concrete pads under the post,

* Upgrading the electrical systems in the pavilion and playground area at Forest Park,

* Repairing electrical conduit at Wheeler Park,

* Repairing or replacing damaged fencing at Wheeler Park,

* Clearing out old cedar bushes, unwanted growth and trash trees at Craig Park,

* Establishing more walking/hiking trails on the west side of Craig Park,

* Hopefully having more streets paved through the parks,

* Replacing some sidewalk areas in Forest Park,

* Resealing the walking track at Forest Park, and

* Look into resurfacing the tennis courts at Forest Park.

Houck pointed out with budget constraints, some of the goals may not be accomplished, but donations and grants could help achieve them.

The park board meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month at Brazil City Hall.

Its next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8.

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I commend the hard work that Bill and his staff do in the park. I know there is never enough time or money to do the things that many would like to see done.

One important thing that was missing from his "wish list", and I know its been brought up in the past, so I'm surprised it isn't on his list, is installing some kind of field drainage system for the "carnival area". We all know what a mess that area becomes with even just a little rain during the 4th of July Celebration. This has been talked about by at least a couple of park board members for years. When is this finally going to happen?

Yes, I know the answer to that...when there is money for it. But that is the same answer for all these projects on the list. Money gets found (or raised) when the board makes it a priority.

Is this project a necessity? No, but neither are many of these other suggestions. Like I said, this appears to be a wish list, so it should have this project on there. Because all of this is not going to happen anyway, at least not this year. But it should be on there anyway, just to keep it on everyone's mind. Ask for it enough, and it may finally happen.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 7:32 AM

I cannot believe you are leaving out the bathrooms in the park.we have a beautiful park until you go to the bathroom a great big eyesore they are not fit to use

-- Posted by barky on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 10:17 AM

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