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Price approves plan for improvements at city's Washington Park

Sun Advocate reporter

Price City Council members approved a motion that will see improvements - including more parking stalls, new horseshoe pits and a basketball court - made to the south side of Washington Park.

The council approved a 4-0 motion authorizing the city to begin the process of making the upgrades to the park's area along 400 North. Mayor Joe Piccolo was not present at the meeting and the council appointed Layne Miller to serve as Mayor Pro-tem for the meeting.

The improvements to the park will be made using ZAP (Zoo, Arts and Parks) funding. To get the funding for the work, the city made budget adjustments including a transfer of $65,000 from the Creekview playground and trail fund along with $50,000 from the Dino Mine Park fund.

Those two funds will be directed to the Washington Park project, which was originally budgeted for $337,000. The additional funds will push the total to $452,000, which has been approved by the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) committee.

The $50,000 transfer from the Dino Mine Park was previously earmarked for a second set of bathrooms at the park, according to Gary Sonntag, Price City Public Works Director.

While the subject of the tennis courts being fixed or completely replaced has been discussed by the city council on many occasions, improving other parts of the park has also been on the radar for some time. The council has previously noted the usage of both the basketball court and the horseshoe pits by the public during the warmer months of the year as a reason to make improvements to the amenities at the park.

The new horseshoe pits will be built along 400 North while the new basketball court will be built near the current court. A concrete pad may be placed in the area between the basketball courts and the new horseshoe pits which would allow for bleachers to be put in place for spectators to use, Sonntag said.

The 50 stall parking lot would be built near the Washington Park pavilion where an old shuffleboard and volleyball court used to be. The new parking spaces will allow for those using the basketball courts and the horseshoe pits to park there as well as visitors to the park during big events throughout the year.

Sonntag said he anticipates that the improvements to the park could begin sometime this summer.

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