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Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation, details some of the requests of his department at the Jan. 20, 2014 capital budget meeting at city hall.
Number of projects needing funding in 2014 for parks and recreation
Pending budget approval, the second phase of bleacher replacement at Ross Wells Park will take place in 2014.
“We’re in the process of replacing the third baseline here we’re working on right now. The first baseline will be the other section that’ll be replaced as well,” said Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation. “Then there will be the grandstand, which will be a bigger ticket item.”
The bleacher system has been in place since 1996 and are beginning to “rot and decay,” according to Hauta’s report. The old wooden bleachers will be replaced with aluminum.
To replace the first baseline, Hauta’s department is requesting $95,517. That funding is part of the PR23 account or the general parks upgrades.
“PR23 is one of our bread and butter accounts,” said Hauta.
In total, the department is requesting $170,000 in funding for four other projects in addition to replacing the third baseline of bleachers at Ross Wells Park.
Another project is the replacement of aerators in the Crescent Park serpentine at a cost of $32,937.
Hauta said there are two types of aerators in the park. The first is a linear aeration in the serpentine that “snakes its way through the serpentine within the water itself.” The second is three units that “shoot water up in the air for a great look.”
“What they do assist with is to reduce algae growth and also to reduce the smell and odours of the serpentine,” he said. “ There’s certainly much newer, more modern versions of this that are self-powered, would increase the aeration levels and would be more aesthetically pleasing.”
There is also a request for funding in the amount of $26,745 for upgrades to the Ross Wells rink including replacing old lights with an energy-efficient light system.
“This is one of our more popular outdoor rinks,” said Hauta. “The current lighting is old and hard to replace and repair. Poles are rusted through and so it’s in need of some upgrading.”
The fourth item in that account is the recapping of the Crescent Park asphalt pathway. He said the reason for doing it is mainly because of “trip and fall hazards and liability issues.”
“We did some recapping in a number of areas in Crescent Park last year and actually in the year prior to that. This will be a continuation of the program,” said Hauta. “The area we’ll be focusing on is near the library right around the serpentine. We did one side last year and we’ll be doing another one this year.”
Future projects under the account to take place between 2015 and 2018 include sports ground upgrades, the finalization of Ross Wells Park bleacher replacement, parks and cemetery and repairing or replacing playgrounds and paddling pools.
Other parks and recreation budget requests for projects in other accounts include:
• A matching capital grant of $26,925 for Wakamow Valley to enhance the valley;
• Funding of $50,000 to upgrade the Moose Jaw Public Library and Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery such as roof repairs;
• Funding of $139,000 to improve buildings such as replacement of the Kinsmen arena dressing rooms and roof repairs to the Kinsmen/Pla-Mor Palace
• Developing the trail on Thatcher Drive from Main Street to Ninth Avenue Northwest and other pathway development at a cost of $100,000
• Hiring a consultant to do a more detailed review of the Natatorium
• Upgrading the Hamilton Flats Rugby fields at a cost of $212,000 and landscape development in the parks dedication reserve at a cost of $13,000.
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