Park district projects underway
The first of the projects under the city’s park maintenance district are underway.
Work on Field 7 at the Multi Sports complex is nearly complete but in a weather hold, Park and Recreation Director Steve Herrig said during Monday’s Park and Rec Advisory Board meeting.
That’s the field used by the university, so they’re planning to have it completed in time for their season.
The Electric City Water Park bathhouse is the biggest project currently underway.
The total project is an estimated $613,000 worth of repairs and improvements and the contract with Wadsworth Construction will be on the Feb. 19 City Commission agenda, Herrig said.
Park and Rec was approved for $282.233.50 in Community Development Block Grants for the bathouse construction. That agreement is also expected on the Feb. 19 commission agenda. Depending on the amount of funding requests for the remainder of this CDBG cycle, the bathhouse project could get more CDBG funding to leave park district funds available for more projects, according to city staff.
The bathhouse design phase was also funded by CDBG.
The bathrooms at Gibson Park are also planned for upgrade this year with accessibility improvements and adding a stall in each bathroom, Herrig said.
The trail loop around Gibson Park is also planned for an overlay this summer or fall, he said, and a new pad for outside exercise equipment will be poured behind the bandshell area near the path under the train tracks.
A new entrance to Gibson Park is also being planned in conjunction with the Montana Department of Transportation.
The city is posting progress on park district projects on the Park and Rec website.