Q: What happened to the new concept for CiCo Park’s playground? What about the tennis courts across from Manhattan Area Technical College?
A: Riley County’s park division is waiting on potential sources of funding before moving forward with remodeling CiCo Park’s playground.
David Willis, parks manager for the county, hopes to gain funding from grants or donations from outside entities before moving forward.
The plan offers the possibility of remodeled bathrooms, a zipline and new playground equipment, among other proposed initiatives. The project cost is around $1.3 million, Willis said.
The county developed a plan back in 2012. Officials don’t yet have a timeline for the playground updates.
“It’s really solely up to funding,” Willis said.
The parking lot near the playground is undergoing construction for a new curb and gutter this fall, depending on other projects, Willis said. Asphalt surfacing will follow, he said. The county surveyed the public earlier this year about the topic. Willis said many people are in favor of a new playground.
In regard to the tennis courts at the park, Alfonso Leyva, park planner for the city of Manhattan, said the project will start after the recreation centers at Anthony and Eisenhower middle schools are completed.
The tennis courts are owned by the city. The proceeds of a voter-approved bond issue are paying for the improvements. The plan is to install 12 courts for $1.2 million instead of the three dilapidated courts currently there. USD 383 suggested 12 courts so it could host state-level tournaments.
The tennis courts remain in the same spot in the park as the current courts, Leyva said. CiCo Park is co-owned by Riley County and the city of Manhattan.
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