Parks and Recreation Supervisor Theresa Jameson gave an updated report on the projects at Missile Park during an advisory committee meeting on Monday.
Projects completed include a new road on the north side of the park, installation of three new flagpoles, two new benches, painting of the main tower, and complete renovation of the east concession stand.
Jameson said that the park will have additional parking due to the removal of tree stumps, repairing potholes and by adding more gravel. “Missile Park is really looking in the best shape ever due to everyone’s hard work.”
Jameson also said her crew has been learning important information from City Electrical Department Engineer Mike Villareal on the transitioning process to LED lights. Jameson said the transition is time consuming, but both departments are working positively to complete the lighting project.
The next future construction project is the 330-foot chain length fence and gate at the entrance of Missile Park. She highly recommended Pro-Fence from Lawton for the project. Jameson said they were a family-owned business and had just completed a similar job in Wichita Fall, Texas. Their total price for removal and replacement of the fence is $6,500.
Several requests to rent the City gym were on the agenda. A request from Altus volunteer Darryl Lee to use the gym three days a week during May through July 2016 for an adult basketball league was tabled. Jameson had concerns due to the shifting of the gym floor, and also mentioned manpower and supervision along with wear and tear on the gym.
Approval was given to Emily Bush, Altus Public Schools Special Education Teacher, to use the Missile Park T-ball fields for the first three Saturdays in July for a pilot program called “A League of Their Own ” for children with special needs to play T-ball. Each child would pay a $25 fee.
It was noted that City Attorney Catherine Coke will research the definitions concerning social service groups, and non-profits for the purpose of renting city facilities along with a cost analysis.
The fees and deposits for tournaments at Missile Park and the City Gym was tabled until the committee can do more research on the technical and manpower involvement required.
The City Gym will be rented to the STEM (Students, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ) Foundation on June 11 for one day at the current rental rate fee. Students will learn the fundamentals of basketball through the STEM program.
The Missile Park “Paint the Park” project make-up rain date will be Saturday, April 23.
The meeting ended with a positive report of 424 registered for the boys softball/baseball program with a $6,274.69 revenue increase from the previous year.
Next meeting is set for May 9.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext.2077