McCOOK, Nebraska -- Public Works Director Kyle Potthoff told the Parks Advisory Board Wednesday, during their scheduled meeting at Heritage Senior Center, that "The McCook Disc Golf Course was ranked in the top three in Nebraska, of the approximately 55 courses in the state." The Kelley Park Disc Golf Course is hosting a two-day tournament this weekend and Potthoff praised brothers, Bruce and Michael Hinson for coordinating the tournaments this summer, saying "they have been doing a first rate job," and he had received positive feedback.
Potthoff also gave thanks to the Botsford, Pierson and McCart families for their donations of three new park benches to Barnett Park. The benches have been placed at the southwest corner of the North Pond. Joanne Dueland also donated two picnic tables, in honor of her husband and father, that will be installed in the next few days according to Potthoff.
City Manager Kurt Fritsch expressed his appreciation for families that have donated to parks and recreation areas in McCook, saying "the donations of trees at Norris Park, picnic tables and chairs at various parks, has been a really special activity in this community."
Potthoff also said he had received requests for benches along the walking trail as well as to be placed at the disc golf course and wanted to get the word out to individuals looking for a project.
Electricity has been installed at the southeast shelter house at Barnett Park, with Potthoff saying that "thanks to the work of the public works guys there is now enough power for events," to be hosted at the shelter house.
Potthoff informed the board that the McCook City Council had approved $15,000 in the 2010-11 budget to be used to construct a dog park at the lot located at East 11th and C Street. The dog park will utilize a six-foot chain-link fence and is intended to give pet owners a leash free environment to visit. It will be equipped with dog cleanup stations and trash cans. Potthoff also said that he was looking into options to section off parts of the park to allow for the isolation of smaller dogs from large dogs.
"These have been pretty successful in other communities and hopefully will take care of some of the other dog problems we have seen on the walking trail and at other parks," said Fritsch. "It is a nice setting and a great use for that piece of property," said Fritsch.
The Parks Board also reviewed and discussed options for new playground equipment to be installed with an updated fence at Elk's City Park. The McCook City Council has authorized $20,000 in the coming budget for this project. The board emphasized the importance of not eliminating open spaces at the park, popular with local youth sports teams, as well as choosing playground equipment that catered to the age groups of those utilizing the park most. The swing set and slide at the park were both believed to be structurally sound, according to Potthoff and would most likely be repainted and incorporated into the new equipment.
Potthoff informed the board that City Council would be presented with an application, during Monday's scheduled meeting, to authorize the start of the next phase of the walking trail project. The coming phase of the project is designed to begin at H Street and end at East 11th Street, running on the west side of the creek.
Fritsch said that the City was applying for a grant through the Nebraska Game and Parks Recreational Trails Program to fund the project. "This is going to be the nicest stretch of the walking trail as far as feeling like you are out in nature," said Fritsch.
The board also discussed the possibility of the addition of a large scale water slide to the existing municipal pool at Kelley Park. With Potthoff saying an inspector of the pool last year had informed them the east end of the pool was perfectly suited for just such an addition. Board member Traci Loker said, "It's great exercise for the kids and would be a nice asset that would attract out of town families and shoppers too."