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Projects from parks 1/4 cent sales tax are starting to develop around town

Park Board members say they are proud of the amount of progress that has been made so far in several parks.
In April, a one-fourth cent sales tax passed, allowing the board to make needed improvements in the parks.
Because that funding will not be available until December, the has been able to complete some projects early, like the new tennis courts at Maurice Roberts Park, by managing the funds they currently have. This has been accomplished utilizing volunteer labor, and businesses under the direction of Park Superintendent Terry Dickey.
Improvements are becoming noticeable at the Lady Spartan Softball Field. Volenteer efforts for the softball field were led by board member Dale Swope, saving the board thousands of dollars.
Besides the new fencing and backstop that was installed earlier this summer, new lights have been put in, the field surface has been done and a Lady Spartans sign (painted by Carter Sign Co.) identifies their domain. A new scoreboard is expected soon.
Southview Park has other new features. An elegant sign welcomes visitors at the entrance to the park. The brickwork was created by Smith Masonry of Richmond. The shelter house near the Lady Spartan’s field is finished and restrooms at the park have been completed.
The Richmond Spartans Tennis Courts at Maurice Roberts Park have received some very needed repairs and updates. The South Courts were resurfaced and have new fencing, new nets and posts. After the girls season ends, the North Courts will be completely redone, requiring more intensive work.
“These are just a few of the highlights of many plans that will take place,” said spokesperson Rob Kinnard. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of our community. The Park Board and Friends of The Parks are grateful for all of the support given by so many.”
If anyone is interested in becoming a member of the Friends of The Parks, a meeting is scheduled at noon on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Richmond Park and Recreation Office at the City Hall Gym, located at the City Municipal Building, 205 Summit Street. You may contact 816-776-5304 or rich...@gmail.com for more information.

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