Work Continues On Blackfork Commons

Daily Globe News Editor

SHELBY - Members of the Shelby Park Board met on Monday night and went over the progress of Blackfork Commons, and talked about the last few items that need finished to complete this phase of the new park construction.

Talking about the Blackfork Commons, Board President Dave Keinath said the landscape company should be back the first part of May to plant the rest of the 16 trees in the park.

He also said Project Coordinator Joe Gies said it would probably be around the first of June before the company could complete the paving. "The people who are doing the paving are going to pave (the park) when they're in town doing some patching around the community. And that's the last of things (for this phase).

"Is grass seed going in down there too?" asked Parks Superintendent Jerry Marshall.

"The grass should go in around the first of the month too," Keinath said, who also pointed out more grading still needs complete in some areas of the park.

Marshall asked if there were going to be any flowers planted in Blackfork Commons this year, and Keinath said he thought they should let the grass grow and get settled this season and wait another year before planting any flowers.

The board also discussed the possibility of getting grants written to help defray the costs for the future phases of the new park. Other fundraising possibilities talked about included a matching grant, where someone or a business could donate money for the park and the board would match the amount.

In other business, the board talked about capital projects they want to do in the future and upcoming events scheduled in the parks.

Keinath asked Marshall to get some prices on how much it would cost to fix the tennis and basketball courts in Seltzer Park as well as the basketball courts at Veterans Park.

Looking at events, board member Jen Walter said Earth Day events will be going on April 25 in and around Central School, while science camp is expected to take place this year from June 29 through July 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. She also said there is a possibility of some astronomy nights being held this summer, which board members pointed out would be good to have at Rabold Park.

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