Mt. Vernon Register-News


April 18, 2013

City moves forward on planning


Woodglen Park has not been developed at this time, only a “grassy area.”

“Some things the residents are interested in is a walking trail, basketball court, a picnic pavilion, and a future nature trail,” Bryant said.

Optimist Park is also considered a “community park” and plans proposed include a Disc Golf course, picnic pavilion, a small basketball court and a walking area. Bryant said the existing skate board area at Optimist Park may be moved in the future to the tennis court area at Veterans Park, should courts be built at Lincoln Park.

“A skateboard area is not in the conceptual design yet,” Bryant said. “The small concrete area at Optimist Park might not be in tune with the park design. Optimist Park is a neighborhood park, and Veterans Park is a community park. A skateboard area would be more fitting with that type of area.”

The property at Waterworks Road is better known as the former location of fleet services and public works departments. Bryant said plans so far call for a “unique park” at the property on the shores of the former city reservoir.

“It has a large body of water in the downtown area,” Bryant said. “We would like to capitalize on fishing there, with a pier in the water that would be handicapped accessible, a fish cleaning station, also a unique water garden and water features people can see.”

A spray pad that would be open seasonally and a playground have also been discussed by the public for the Waterworks Park.

“We’re discussing a theme, with the rocks there,” Bryant said. “It could have a picnic pavilion that overlooks the lake where there are piers on either side to allow fishing as well. There could also be an arboretum for people to walk through, and a gazebo.”

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