More parking, playground is on way at pool
Off-season improvements are on the way at the Baldwin City Municipal Pool.
Last week, city crews began work on turning the east edge of the park area into diagonal paved parking. The pool has had parking issues since it opened in the late 1990s.
At Monday's Baldwin City Council meeting, the purchase of $56,000 worth of playground equipment was approved unanimously. It will be in the grassy area just east of the pool. Currently, there is a playground and shelter house south of there across the creek that runs through the area.
"Is the existing playground going to be turned into parking?" said Council Member Doyle Jardon.
"Some of it," said City Administrator Jeff Dingman.
Dingman said part of the present playground equipment would be moved elsewhere, but the entire area wouldn't be parking. It will be a grassy area. But, the current parking work will help ease the situation.
"That's the plan," said Council Member Tony Brown about the changes in the present park. "The improvements along Third Street have already started."
Dingman indicated that the funds are available for the project through the city's portion of state taxes on alcohol and from the special parks and recreation fund that is funded through building permits from new construction. He said the equipment should arrive in five to six weeks and hopes to get community involvement with city workers for construction.
"We'll recruit skilled volunteers to help with city staff," said Dingman.
Jardon liked the idea of volunteer work days.
"I think if you publicize it good, you would get good community involvement," said Jardon.
The new playground will have two areas, one designed for children ages 5 to 12 years and a "tot lot" for those 2 to 5 years old.
Dingman also told the council that the Friends of the Baldwin City Recreation Commission plan to raise funds in augment the city's effort to provide playground equipment of another park in FireTree Estates.