SCRANTON—Residents of Scranton and members of the Scranton City Council met to discuss strategies and options for development of a park improvement grant proposal during the April 17 special council meeting. A motion by Council Member Gary Burkdoll stated, “Let’s invite the community to come up to the (council) table and discuss what we want.”
The motion was adopted. Council and community members gathered around an aerial color photo for the discussion. The photo, supplied by Patrick Cox, BG Consultants, focused on the park and adjacent area.
“The general items of consideration for you are sidewalk improvements, storm shelters, playground equipment and park improvements including tennis courts, basketball courts, restrooms, open shelter houses, parking lots with an adequate number of handicapped parking spaces, improvements to lighting where none currently exists, and/or any combination of these items,” Cox said.
Cox repeated comments from his March 31 discussion with the council, including procedural and administrative details and requirements for submission and approval of a CDBG proposal to the Kansas Department of Commerce.
Samples of wide-ranging needs presented and discussed included:
• “My thoughts are that if we want our children to stay, then we’re going to start giving them something.” – Sherry Hall
• “You probably need to concentrate on playground equipment first.” – Council Member Randy Jackson
• “We are not just a community of children. We are a community of wide ages. We need to consider multi-purpose, as far as possible, with the money that we get.” – Council Member Jennifer Burkdoll
• “We’ve got adults that walk the crappy streets. They’re not young people.” – Rella Morgan
• “Paving the field west of the tennis courts would attract visitors and vendors to come into town for car shows and things like that. What turns vendors off is ground that is muddy and soft.” – Tom Carnes
Other comments related to topics such as a regulation horseshoe pitching court, tetherball, a regulation sand volleyball court, lighting improvements and paved handicap accessible parking.
Cox summarized expectations of associated construction and installation costs, such as drainage, footings, surface treatments and more.
“You need to have sustainability and longevity in what you do here, instead of getting stuff that will wear out or require a lot of maintenance in the future,” Cox said. “Tuesday night (April 21), we’ll come back to share the scopes and costs. We know what you want. Can we build it into a budget that works for everybody?”