Parks and Rec committee receives update on projects, budget projection

By Martha Stoffel

O’FALLON – The Parks & Environment Committee received updates Monday on current projects taking place at the community park and a budget overview for FY20.

If you visit the community park, you will see several projects that have been started to update its facilities. Field one, also known as Blazier Field, is receiving ADA compliant seating behind the backstop. Work has started this week and should take approximately two weeks to complete. An ADA, paved pathway will be poured from fields one and two to the restrooms located next to the tennis courts. Fields three and four are receiving new backstops, with fields four and five getting covered dugouts. The city is also scheduled to add power for electric pitching machines and a second batting cage near field 6. 

The tennis courts are getting a major facelift. The lamps have been replaced recently, and the old fence has been removed to allow for repainting of the fence posts. After the courts are resurfaced, a new fence will be installed. The department is also working to gradually replace the old, wooden tables throughout the park. 

As part of the fencing bid approved by council several months ago, a backstop will be added to the Savannah Hills subdivision park. Money to cover the backstop is available because of the remaining balance when the city did the trail at that park which came in below budget. All other projects are being paid through a combination of $127,000 in grants and $60,000 from the FY19 park budget. 

Major spend items for the FY20 budget for the Parks Department will include the replacement of a couple of different vehicles used throughout the city and parks. The Katy Cavins roof is budgeted for replacement at $85,000. Some seating options at field nine and ten at the Sports Park and awning at one of the quads are included. The department is planning on resurfacing the trails at the Sports Park. The original, north trail was completed in 2005, and resealing is needed to maintain the high-use trails. There are also budgeted items for O’Fallon Station with security cameras and Wi-Fi.