Linden parks get facility upgrades

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 5, 2007

LINDEN &8212; The Linden Parks and Recreation department has finished phase one of its plan to make upgrades to Scott Park and other facilities and is gearing up for other projects planned with the ugrades.

Park Director David Ingram said there is a lot more to the phase that has been completed at the parks than just dugout work, though their installation was a large part. He said the upgrades to the parks that are considered phase one have encompassed a broad range of improvements.

Ingram said along with the new playground, which was one of the first upgrades at the park, a fence was installed. Since that time, the existing structures at the park have also been brought up to standard.

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Ingram said the plans to improve the parks are still ongoing and the next project he would like to see at Scott Park is the installation of a sprinkler system in the outfields at the park. He said the infields currently have irrigation, but the system hasn&8217;t yet been extended.

Ingram said over the winter the park will likely see two more batting cages and there will be turf work done to produce a better playing surface. He said aside from the Scott Park projects the department is working to improve its other facilities as well.

He said the city is currently working on a new playing surface and fence for the tennis courts the city keeps up and they have already gutted the inside of the former city pool pavilion. He said the next step for the pavilion will include adding restroom and grilling facilities, so the structure once more can be put to use by residents.