Mt. Vernon Register-News

February 5, 2013

Public meeting to be held about park plans


— The Department of Parks and Recreation wants to know what the public thinks should be done with two local parks.

A general public meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park, to discuss the development of Lincoln Park.

The Lincoln Park conceptual plan involves the property on the east side of South 34th Street between the existing baseball parking lot and the Aquatic Zoo, currently under construction.

Lincoln Park currently comprises four baseball fields, a soccer field, a walking track, parking areas, concession stands and restrooms, said George Bryant, Mt. Vernon Parks and Public Facilities director. There is an additional baseball field used by Mt. Vernon Township High School as well, Bryant said.

Bryant said he believes strong and successful park systems are built on the needs of the residents.

He said residents can brainstorm during the meeting, or bring forward any interests they have concerning facilities or programming that could be held at the parks.

The city’s Comprehensive Plan states a detailed development plan is needed for each park within the city, Bryant said. Along with Lincoln Park, Woodglen Park will also be part of a planning process that will begin this year.

The public meeting for discussing development of Woodglen Park is scheduled for 8 p.m. the same day. The park is at the end of Sassafras Lane in the Woodglen Acres subdivision, and it is currently an undeveloped, grassy area, information states.

Future public meetings will be scheduled to review first drafts of the conceptual designs. Plans will be prepared with the assistance of FGM Architects.