CiCo playground plans reviewed

By Burk Krohe

County officials and a representative from a design firm updated county commissioners on plans to update the playground area at CiCo Park Monday.

Commissioners also heard updates on a plan to distribute rain barrels in the community and the closure to motor vehicle business at the county treasurer’s office.

Rod Meredith and Doug Pickert, of Indigo Design Inc., walked commissioners through the features of CiCo Park’s renovation plan. The plan focuses on the playground area in the southeast corner of the park.

Pickert said the southern portion of the playground will be targeted at children 8-10 years old. One of the major features will be a play structure made to look like a “rustic barn.” It will include several towers, climbing features and slides. There will also be a small playhouse made to look like a farmhouse and climbable, faux hay bails that will tie in with the play structure.

Pickert said to the north of those structures there will be two 80-foot ziplines. Near the center of the playground there will be another smaller play structure made to look like a fort. Farther to the north, Pickert said there will be a “natural play area” with tree stumps and logs.

There are also gathering areas including covered seating areas and small amphitheater.

“I think you’ve done a wonderful job,” Commissioner Karen McCulloh said.

Rod Harms, who was representing the Wildcat Creek Watershed Council, informed commissioners on the council’s “Save and Slow the Rain” program for water barrels. The barrels can help to reduce the effects of flooding by collecting rain water that would normally turn into runoff during rain events.

Harms said the barrels will be available for $20 at three locations this weekend: K-State’s Earth Day celebration on Bosco Plaza, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Blueville Nursery, 4539 Anderson Ave., April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Max Fitness parking lot, 3011 Anderson Ave., April 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“I think you’ll have some interest in that,” McCulloh said.

Harms noted that the 55 gallon barrels were donated by Coca-Cola and Armour-Eckrich and assembled by volunteers. He added a custom rain barrels with additional features can be built on-site with assistance from volunteers. However, there are additional costs for the custom barrels.

“Everyone has a different idea, and we hope to accommodate them,” Harms said.

Eileen King, county treasurer, reminded commissioners that the Riley County Treasurer’s office will be closed for motor vehicle business May 1 through May 7 in order to make the shift to a new, more organized system.

King said if residents have an April or May renewal, they might want to take care of them now. April 26 is the last day that vehicle tags can be renewed online before the system shuts down until May 7. Mailed in renewals must be received by April 27, in order to guarantee processing before the system is shut down.

However, she noted real estate and property tax services will still be available during the switch to the new system.

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