Park Board secures financing to move projects forward

Funds from the city’s Park tax have not begun to roll in yet, but that isn’t stopping the Park Board from getting projects started and completed.
The Richmond City Council is expected tonight to approve loan documents for $225,000 from Bank Midwest to jump-start some park projects and pay for some that needed attention quickly.
The Roberts Park tennis courts the high school tennis team uses were in bad shape according to Park Board members. The board was able to repair one set of tennis courts and the other set will be constructed next spring.
In addition, emergency construction needed to be made to the city’s softball fields in time for the season to begin. The fields were constructed on a mostly volunteer basis led by Park Board member Dale Swope. However, Swope was unable to finish the lighting due to his work schedule so the city had to find someone to finish the project. The Park Board said that Swope and the other volunteers saved the city thousands of dollars.
The next project on the board’s list is a ‘bark park’ where residents can take their unleashed dogs for recreation. That project should begin soon and will cost about $8,100.
The Park board will make monthly payments of $4,175 for 60 months or about $50,100 a year. The board is anticipating about $225,000 in revenue each year from the new tax.

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