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Victoria solicits input for $50,000 park update

By Melissa Crowe
Sept. 11, 2012 at 4:11 a.m.
Updated Sept. 12, 2012 at 4:12 a.m.

City officials are seeking input on playground updates to a neighborhood park in southeast Victoria.

Residents are invited to share their ideas and help select new playground equipment for Meadowlane Park, said Parks and Recreation Director Doug Cochran.

Rose Mary Sutton, who lives nearby on Wildwood Street, said she and her husband, Lawrence, rarely use their neighborhood park except when grandchildren visit.

She said they prefer Riverside Park for family reunions or church picnics, but would consider using Meadowlane Park as their hub if it had more shade, barbecue pits and tables.

Cochran said the city is looking at spending about $50,000 in community development block grants to update the park's main playground equipment.

"We want to give residents a little more ownership ... and voice in improving their neighborhood parks," Cochran said. "This is a great way to get the public to take more of a vested interest in their parks."

Meadowlane Park was dedicated in June 1952. The 1.2 acre park's recreational facilities include children's play equipment, two basketball courts and several picnic tables. The last update was in 2004 to picnic shelters and play equipment. The main equipment was installed in 1995, Cochran said.

Members of the police and fire departments, development services and the library will be available to answer any other questions or concerns, Cochran said.

O.C. Garza, director of communications, said in an email that Thursday's meeting is scheduled as a "special meeting," just in case a quorum from city council attends, they can legally attend.

The next community meeting will be 6 p.m., Oct. 11 at Greenbelt Park to discuss how residents want to see the park developed in the future.

The meetings are "a good opportunity to make a positive impact" on these small neighborhood parks, Garza said. All residents are welcome to share their ideas at the meetings.



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