"This will be a wonderful addition to the attractions in the park," Parks Superintendent Bill Houck said. "The more recreational facilities we have, the more people and businesses will want to locate here."
The Clay Community Parks Association (CCPA), a separate entity from the BPRB, applied for a federal grant to help implement the recreation project.
The City of Brazil received a federal grant from the government for $150,000, and the CCPA raised a $38,500 match.
"That organization has done a lot to help the parks improve over the years," Houck said.
The new walking track will be 3,682 feet long and 10 feet wide with two pedestrian foot bridges.
However, the walking track implementation is not being met without a struggle.
Some nearby property owners are contesting that a portion of the walking track is part of their property, but BPRB members say they believe the property in question belongs to the city.
"There needs to be a survey done to clear up the matter," BPRB Secretary Caroline McCullough said during the meeting discussion.
CCPA President Jim Thompson said the association is in the process of gathering funds for a survey.
"We weren't trying to make any of the neighbors mad or anything," Thompson said. "We are in the process of surveying the area around the park. We'd like to know what we have available, especially concerning the southern boundary lines. We may not need all of that."
Meanwhile, BPRB members discussed the remaining budget for the 2011 year, as well as their completed achievements for the year and the goals they've made for 2012.
"We had champagne achievements on a beer budget," BPRB President Ruthann Jeffries said.
BPRB Treasurer Linda Messmer said she hopes to have enough money left over from this year's budget to roll over to next year and be used to purchase and install the pool lift and pump to meet American Disability Act requirements.
"We have a potential roll over of about $17,000," Messmer said. "We've been scrimping and saving all year. We put the lift and pump on the encumbrance list early on in hopes that we could afford it."
Some of the achievements the board members listed include:
* Forty-eight new plastic benches were added to the Forest Park band shell area, now totaling two hundred and eight and a new awning was installed on the front of the band-shell. In addition to the front of the band shell being painted,
* The Brazil City Street Department and the County Highway Department resurfaced three streets in Forest Park,
* The installation of three more new heavy-duty plastic toilet stalls in the pavilion men's restroom and two of the old damaged stalls in the women's restroom at the Pavilion were removed and two new ones were added,
* Another super Fishing Fun Day took place at Craig Park,
* Seventy area perimeter posts were replaced at Forest Park in the carnival area,
* A new septic sewer system was installed in Forest Park for the Rotary Fourth of July
Celebration, and Popcorn Festival's food venders and RVs gray water and sewage disposal,
* A new pump motor and impellor were installed in the swimming pool filtration system, and
* The wooden playground equipment and bridges were washed and treated with wood preservative by WOW.
Some goals park board members included in their 2012 plans include:
* Replace and paint more of the missing parking area posts in Forest Park,
* Upgrade parking areas in Forest Park,
* Continue to upgrade the old plumbing in all parks,
* Continue to rehabilitate shelters which have rotted post, by cutting off the rotten parts and inserting concrete pads under the post,
* Plant more trees,
* Clear out old cedar bushes, unwanted growth and trash trees at Craig Park,
* Upgrade the electrical systems in the pavilion and playground area in Forest Park,
* Rehabilitate toilets the at swimming pool,
* Replace the pump on the slide at the pool,
* Build a new parking lot where the old railroad gorge was alongside the entrance road at Craig park,
* Complete the installation of the remaining security cameras and security camera software,
* Reseal the Forest Park walking track, and
* Investigate a grant to repair the tennis courts.
The board meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at Brazil City Hall.
The next park board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 10.