McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Parks Advisory Board focused most of its discussion on the future of Elks City Park, during its quarterly meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Heritage Senior Center.
The McCook City Council approved $20,000 in this year's budget to upgrade or replace playground equipment at the West Fifth Street park.
Public Works Director Kyle Potthoff said he initially believed the existing swings would remain at the park, but after a closer look determined it would be best to replace them as well. He also reiterated the importance of maintaining the "open space" at the park, so that it could continue to be used by youth sports teams and other groups.
City staff described an approximate 65 feet square area at the park for the new equipment, also noting a tree that was within the space that would need to be worked around.
The board settled on a tentative combination of equipment members felt would best complement how the park is used. It included targeting a smaller-sized play fort, equipped with a slide for the younger kids, four new swings and a climbing net.
City staff agreed to use the board's recommendation to put together more specific options and have them ready in the near future. Potthoff said he would like to have the project completed by this spring.
The board also discussed pursuing a 2012 water slide project at the municipal pool. Potthoff explained that the price of the project appeared to become much more favorable recently; what might have cost $200,000 in the past and now possible for closer to the $50,000 range.
Board member Mark Friehe said he was pretty enthused by the water slide idea, with the other board members appearing to be in favor as well.
Potthoff mentioned a smaller scale playground equipment project, near the upper shelter house at Kelley Park, to be targeted in the future. He said it would be geared towards toddler aged kids, looking to accommodate families utilizing the shelter house.
Bill Davis donated eight concrete benches, that were previously used at Broken Tee Golf Course, to the parks department. Potthoff informed the board that the benches would be placed throughout the walking trail.