Plain City parks committee includes sports fields, splash pad in plans

Jul 19 2010 - 11:05pm



PLAIN CITY -- The parks committee has been working hard on plans for Pioneer Park, a 9-acre park to be built at roughly 4250 W. Pioneer Road, says Councilwoman LaFray Kelley.

She said the committee would like to see it mostly as a leisure park, but sports fields are included in the preliminary design she presented to council members.

"I suggested the front be a leisure park. In the back, we can do sports," Kelley said.

There are potential plans for a sand volleyball court, a playground, small soccer fields, a baseball diamond and an adult-size football field that also could be used for soccer and lacrosse, she said.

There are no plans for basketball courts.

Kelley said the committee also is considering playground equipment and a splash pad, as well as two or three boweries, restrooms and walking paths.

A parking area is also planned, she said.

"I'm concerned about adequate parking," said Councilman Brett Ferrin.

One thing to consider, he said, would be using the entire frontage area for street parking.

But, Kelley said, some park neighbors asked the city not to do that.

"Whether you do or not, that's where they're going to park," said Councilman Brent White.

Mayor Jay Jenkins said he wanted to be sure the trails in Pioneer Park flow with the plans for other trails throughout the city.

Kelley said the parks committee is still working on a few changes, such as possibly eliminating one of the small soccer fields in order to fit in a splash pad.

She said the committee also needs to figure out how much of the area needs to have grass put in.

Ferrin said he had talked with the director of public works in Providence and said that city has a new splash pad, which is full daily. He said that city spent $60,000 on the splash pad.

Kelley said the committee is finalizing the plan for the park and is getting started on the bare essentials.

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