Splash pad hearing is today

Published 3:00 am Friday, June 10, 2016

The City of Brundidge will conduct a public hearing at 10 a.m. today at Brundidge City Hall to give city residents an opportunity to learn more about a proposed Community Enhancement Grant that would assist in financing a splash pad and playground for kids.

Those who attend will also have an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed grant and to express their views.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas proposed the $583,000 splash pad and playground at the Tuesday meeting of the Brundidge City Council.

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Thomas said the city could be eligible for a CDBG Community Development Enhancement Grant. If awarded, the funds would be used to build a splash pad, playground, walking trail and restroom facilities on nine acres of city-owned property on Veterans Boulevard.

The estimated cost of the project would be $583,000 with the city’s cost at around $259,000.

The deadline for the grant application is July 1, 2016, and paperwork to prepare the grant application is rather extensive, Thomas said.

The council did not vote, at its Tuesday meeting, to proceed with the application process. However, Thomas said he was going to move ahead with preparing the grant application. The council will make a decision as to whether the city will invest more than $259,000 in another park.

The city has two parks, Galloway Park on the north side of town and Ramage Park on the south side; both have playground equipment and ball fields. Ramage Park has a concession stand and restroom facilities. Galloway Park has outdoor basketball courts and an indoor facility with restrooms.

The city is also in the process of remediating a city park that was closed several years ago.

Plans for the park were submitted to the Department of Interior for approval about two years ago. The city has not yet received final approval of the plans.