Discussion continued Thursday afternoon at the Fuller Hall conference room in regards to a limited budget five year park plan by the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission. Director Kent Harfst suggested improvements to Twin Parks including the removal of the tennis court at East Twin Park. The work would include taking the fence down at the tennis court beginning this summer. There would also be work on removing the hard surface replacing it with black dirt and seeding it. Ideas to replace the tennis court would include a park shelter and addition parking for the outdoor swimming pool. Other suggestions for Twin Parks would include evaluating the playground equipment, installing new window shutters for the enclosed shelter, plant a few trees and repair the skate park.
The plan for Brewer Creek Park would include the painting and new roof work to be performed on the park shelter. Other plans include the resurfacing of the trail and ways to control erosion, painting the trail bridge, constructing a hard surface entrance to all of North Terrace Drive and tree planting
As for Sketchley Park, the work would involve the demolishing of the restrooms and consider the possibility of a reforestation project.
Several ideas for Wilson Brewer Park were presented during the park for the future. A few of them would include new gutters and downspouts, replacing the siding,installing a programmable thermostat, and an accessible entrance to the Depot Museum. A wish list for the old courthouse include moving the old cornerstone, restoring the courtroom to its original condition and restoring the floors.Future projects for the Mulberry Center Church would include the repair of siding, a new entrance and a new furnace and air conditioner. At the Harmony Center School.the work would involve new entrance steps, repair siding and paint the ceiling area in the northwest corner. There will also be improvements made to the Jamison Cabin and to the Wilson Brewer/Jackson Groves Cabin.
Projects at Kendall Young Park would include a new roof for the sun shelter, stone work at the entrance, shelters and work on the fire grills. A split rail fence would need replacing.
The main thing the Parks and Recreation Commission wants to work in is the safety, appearance, work with Hamilton County on a partnership and signage project and to evaluate each park. There will be more discussion on these improvements at a future commission meeting.
Director Harfst informed the commission that so far 300 people have used the outdoor pool this summer since its opening over two weeks ago.Pool officials are expecting the numbers to continue to be on the increase throughout the summer season ahead.