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Plans in the works for new park

Need proof spring is on its way? On Monday night the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Commission approved plans for the construction of Brockway Park and recommended the city council get bids for the project.

While it may be cold outside, warmer days are right around the corner and this year it means the addition of a new park to the city. Money has been in the budget for Brockway Park for several years now but the slowed housing market has put the project off.

"We were waiting for the streets around it to get built," said parks and recreation Dan Schultz.

The streets were built so finally the park will be too. The 4.36-acre neighborhood park, located within the Harmony development east of Robert Trail, will feature a playground, basketball court, ballfield, disc golf course and sun shelter.

On Monday the commission recommended the council take bids for the grading and seeding of the site and for the construction of the ballfield and basketball court. The council will vote Feb. 3 to approve putting the project out for bid.

The commission passed a second motion asking staff to get estimates on what it would cost to irrigate the ballfield. Chair Michael Eliason recommend the motion,, saying that in other parks with similar ballfields the fields get dried out and are unpleasant to play on. The ballfield will be used by in-house softball and baseball programs.

"The parks that look better get more use. That's the bottom line," added commissioner Kevin Strayton.

Staff had recommended not to irrigate the whole park because of cost and water use issues. While commissioners agreed the whole park didn't need to be irrigated, it was the general consensus that the ballfield should be.

Living a kid's dream the commissioners will take the next few months deciding what playground equipment should go into the park. At the commission's February meeting it will put out a request for proposals for the playground and sun shelter to be built later in the summer.

The whole project is estimated to cost the city $245,000. Schultz said the funds will come out of the park dedication fees paid by developers.