Commission to cover parks and recreation facility upgrades

By The Mercury

City commissioners will discuss facility upgrades in a joint work session with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at 5 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The two boards will discuss hiring a consultant to develop a comprehensive strategy for parks and recreation venue upgrades.

A local residents group hired its own consultant while pushing for upgrades to the city’s sports facilities through what’s been called the “Fieldhouse Project.”

In the group’s proposed $54 million project, Anneberg Park would be used for baseball/softball fields, CiCo Park would be the location of an indoor facility and City Park would be used for pool and tennis, and new soccer fields could be built on donated land at the eastern edge of Manhattan.

During the work session, the commission and advisory board also will discuss the relocation of the Parks and Recreation office to City Hall,along with city auditorium renovations.

The Parks and Recreation office is currently at 1101 Fremont St. in City Park.

A preliminary design adds 7,500 square feet of new office space to the north side of City Hall. The estimated cost is nearly $1.8 million.

City auditorium repairs would cost approximately $2.08 million. The renovations would include the stage, gymnasium floor and seating areas.

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