Fourteen of Bloomington’s 40 public parks will receive structural and landscaping upgrades as part of a $1 million project proposed by the Parks and Recreation Department.
The Bloomington City Council unanimously passed an appropriation ordinance that reallocates money for these purposes.
Upgrades include repairing the surface of several tennis and basketball courts as well as playground surfaces and fencing. Structural improvements are planned for restroom facilities at three of the parks and several drinking fountains will be added or replaced.
“None of these are very glamorous or sexy but they are necessary,” said Mike Renneisen, Bloomington Director of Parks and Recreation. “This is kind of catching up on some deferred maintenance.”
Approximately a third of the funds will go toward upgrades at the Winslow Sports Complex.
Plans include replacing the scoreboards and the bleachers around the baseball fields as well as adding a net awning to protect spectators from the sun and fly balls.
The gravel trail at Winslow, which currently measures 0.9 miles, will be paved and expanded to one mile.
“It’s clear that investments need to be made in maintaining what we have,” City Council member Susan Sandberg said.
Other parks listed for upgrades include: Bryan Park, Twin Lakes Sports Park, the Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park, Lower Cascades Park, Cascades Golf Course, Park Ridge Park, Park Ridge East, People’s Park, Miller-Showers Park, RCA Community Park, Leonard Springs Nature Park, Sherwood Oaks Park and the Banneker Community Center.