For those who spend time at the ball fields in Swanton’s Memorial Park, it is clear that improvements are needed. Village officials agree, and plans for improvements are well underway.
With that in mind. a survey was recently posted to the village’s Facebook page to garner comments and opinions from residents with concerns about the park. Swanton Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle was pleased with the response.
“I know how difficult it can be for residents to come to a Council meeting, so I hope to publish more surveys such as this in the future to gather information,” she said.
The survey grew from conversations Hoelzle had with Becky O’Shea, recreation director, and Jim Reckner, superintendent of Public Service operations. In November 2016, Reckner and Hoelzle walked the entirety of Memorial Park to generate a list of what needs to be done to facilities there.
The list included things such as paint jobs, a dedicated area for bus parking, parking lot improvements, maintenance to Memorial Pavilion, and sprucing up the restrooms. The restrooms in the concession stand building are in particular need of renovation, and while there are plans, no definite plans are in the 2017 budget.
Already, a space for bus parking has been created between the tennis courts and the parking lot. “We believe this will free up many spaces buses utilized in the past during games,” said Hoelzle.
All buildings, except Memorial Pavilion, are scheduled for an exterior paint job in late spring. The village is applying for grants to improve the Memorial Park pavilion.
“With all that said, a major review of a capital improvement plan is underway. I, along with the mayor and Village Council, are constantly looking at the needs of the community and researching ways to make those needs a reality,” said Hoelzle. “For example, applying for grants to renovation Memorial Pavilion. A building, such as that, built in 1924, is a main stay in the community, and the Village would like to revitalize it.”
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