At the Centerville City Council meeting Monday, Nancy Huisman, representing the Park Board, presented park master plan concepts and discussed proposals for improvements. The master plan addresses needs at Morgan Cline City Park, South Park and North Park in Centerville.
Huisman’s presentation was based on master plans developed by FEH Associates in Des Moines, an architectural and design engineering firm.
Huisman listed several Park Board priorities they would like to see implemented within the next five years.
The Park Board’s top priority is to install three new sets of playground equipment, swing sets, new restrooms, benches and trash receptacles in zone A in the “active zone” at Morgan Cline City Park.
“Right now our main priority is getting the Morgan Cline Park active area finished,” Huisman said, adding they hope to have that part of the project completed within 12 to 24 months. “And getting something done immediately so that the public can see that these funds are being spent wisely and we’re not sitting around waiting for things to get better.”
Conceptual plans divide Morgan Cline City Park into an “active zone” and a “natural zone.” The “active zone” has zone A — pool, restrooms, most of the existing playground equipment — and zone B — tennis courts and some playground equipment.
The Park Board’s second priority is the proposed 2/3rds of a mile long fitness trail that goes around the park. The trail will feature exercise stations and spur trails.
Huisman said the Park Board plans to use LOST funds as leverage for grant opportunities.
The Park Board’s third priority is in zone B of the “active zone” and includes new bocci ball, basketball and horse shoe courts and new benches and trash recepticales.
Huisman said the tennis courts and swimming pool are not part of the Park Board’s plan.