TRIBES HILL-Tribes Hill Youth Commission officials said phase one of a renovation of the Tribes Hill?Community Park is complete and future additions are planned.
Jason Butler, chairman of the park committee and a member of the Youth Commission, said repairs and additions to the park - which is more than 40 years old - that started six months ago have been completed.
Nina Kosiba, vice president of the Youth Commission, said a lot of the park's equipment and benches have been repainted and repaired. A baseball diamond, long overgrown according to Butler, was brought back to life. A brand new basketball court, built by Hanson Paving, will provide a space to play.
A sign for the Tribes Hill Community Park is shown.
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However, Butler said, this work was the first step of many that are planned.
Butler said there were plans to add a playground and a walking track, but additional funding would be needed. Butler said the group did fundraising since 2010 to add the basketball court, getting $10,000 for the project. The cost of the court was roughly $8,000, Butler said, meaning more fundraising will be needed to move forward with other projects.
"A slide could cost up to $6,000," Butler said. "The ones you see with three slides and monkey bars could cost up to $20,000. That is not even to install it."
Butler said the amount of donations received could affect the size and scope of the new playground.
"If we get large donations and receive grants, we would have a larger scale playground," Butler said, noting the goal is to have $25,000 worth of equipment. "If there are no grants, it may just be a slide."
Butler also said the current proposal for a path that would run around the park would cost $6,000. Butler said while the group could pay $1,000 for a short path, the longer path would be better.
"We are trying to think long term," Butler said.
Kosiba said there is no time frame for completion of the projects.