During the Superintendent’s report during Monday’s Plymouth Park Board meeting, Mike Hite said they are still working on picking up leaves and finished getting the holiday lights up in the parks. He mentioned that the department is currently shorthanded.
The Hoosier Old Wheels playground is nearly finished. He said the equipment is installed but they haven’t completed a walk-through of the project yet. This project was funded by a Land and Water Conservation Grant.
Phase II of the River Park Square Project is nearing completion. The playground equipment is in. They are still waiting for the fabricated stonework on the pillars of the pavilion and work on the veteran’s memorial continues.
Park Board President Dave Morrow asked about the Historic Foot-Bridge. Michiana Contracting is still working on the electricity. There is a temporary service currently for lights on the bridge and it is open. City Attorney Sean Surrisi said the new electrical box won’t be installed until the spring and there will also be some touch-up painting completed. Surrisi said U.S. Geological equipment used to measure the depth of the river will be reinstalled in the next week or two. He noted that it will be painted in the spring to match the bridge.
City Attorney Sean Surrisi told the Park Board they signed the contract with USI Consultants for the design of the Harrison Street Trail. After the first of the year, there will be a kick-off meeting. Dave Morrow asked about the path of the trail and Surrisi said it will begin at Oak Drive and travel eastward on Harrison Street. There are some alternatives they are looking at for crossing Michigan Street and it might be moved to the south. Leaving the trail from Michigan Street to the Conservation Clubhouse is still undecided.
This new trail will connect the city park, Packard Woods, to another city park, Magnetic Park, and will extend the trail project by more than a mile.