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Proposed pocket park in jeopardy

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The development of a proposed pocket park in the northwest section of the Village is in limbo. Safety and security concerns have delayed authorization of funds to move forward with the next step in the project.

“Is this the right place to put a park?” asked Mayor Hap Gilbert. He said selection of the proper location is the most important decision for trustees, who voted 4-1 Sept. 4 to abandon efforts to have Public Works Department employees help with assembling the playground equipment that was previously ordered for the park.

The proposed location is along County Highway 20 just south of Shadow Ridge Estates subdivision. To address safety concerns, new plans were created for a berm between the equipment site and the highway, and the park was pushed closer to the creek and guard rails installed. “We can make it work,” Public Works Director Larry Coloni assured trustees. Trustee Marilyn Johnson disagreed and gained support from other Board members.

Johnson labeled the site as a “…dangerous area” and cited its isolation, traffic along the highway and the nearby creek. She said the isolation makes it a target for vandalism as well as an unsafe area for unsupervised children. “It’s the perfect place for a car to careen off into a group of children,” observed trustee Kerstin Trachtenberg, who likewise noted the lack of nearby homes.

The park was meant to serve residents living in the Grayhawk II and Shadow Ridge Estates subdivisions. Trustee Eric Morr agreed the location is not ideal for a pocket park, but noted that the land was donated to the Village by developer Steve Horve.

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