COLUMBIA — The city is moving forward with plans to spend $123,000 on renovations to Shepard Boulevard and Again Street parks.
Senior Park Planner Mike Snyder said Shepard Boulevard Park's two tennis courts would be replaced at a cost of $75,000.
“After about 20 years, the cracks are so wide it’s hard to fill them, and you end up with a cracked surface,” Snyder said.
At Again Street Park, a 30-year-old shelter will be replaced, storm water drainage will be improved, the playground will be renovated and new exercise equipment will be installed along the walking trail, all at a cost of $48,000.
Snyder said the more than 15-year-old equipment along the trail was “more like touch your toes here.” The new equipment would allow for a gym-style workout that targets specific muscle groups.
The City Council approved a Community Development Block Grant to fund the projects on Aug. 2. Even though funding is in place, the Parks and Recreation Commission is open to public input.
Five people came to a public interest meeting held for the projects Thursday evening. Most live near the Again Street Park and wanted to know how the plan would impact their properties. A few people spoke with Snyder about maintenance issues such as mowing, field drainage and adding soccer goals.
“We can accommodate minor changes,” Snyder said. “If everything runs smoothly, we’ll start (renovations) this summer.”
Snyder added that the city hopes to have the renovations finished by late fall.