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The Suburbanite
  • Green busy readying parks for summer

  • Prior to summer, a lot of work and preparation takes place in order to ready the city of Green’s parks for summer.

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  • Prior to summer, a lot of work and preparation takes place in order to ready the city of Green’s parks for summer. Each spring, the city’s service maintenance workers perform a thorough inspection of all playgrounds as detailed by the standards set by the Playground Safety Institute. The findings of these inspections determine if maintenance is needed. Mulch is added, and a general clean-up takes place.
    All trails throughout the parks are cleared of debris and fallen limbs as well as any repairs are made to areas that were washed out. The pavilions are also inspected and repairs are made to all picnic tables.
    Another big aspect of preparation in the parks is preparing the ballfields. The goals and fences are all inspected on both baseball and soccer fields. Some soccer fields require the city to aerate and roll it before it is played on.
    Each spring, flowers are planted and weeding and mulching occurs throughout the parks.
    “In the spring we also install the Boettler Park Pond fountain, Central Administration pond fountain and we pressurize the irrigation systems at Spring Hill Sports Complex and the Central Administration Building for use,” said Mike Elkins, city of Green parks superintendent.
    All the restrooms are reopened in the spring except for the lower restroom at Boettler Park, which remains open throughout the winter.
    New in the parks
    Visitors to Boettler Park will notice the existing restroom was expanded to twice the capacity to include four restroom stalls in the women’s room and two stalls and two urinals in the men’s room. Also an entirely new restroom is being constructed between Heritage Hill Playground and the Freda Hunter-Bates Pavilion. The new restrooms are anticipated to open in mid-June.
    Another project this season is the construction of baseball fields at East Liberty Park. Two new baseball/softball fields were designed for tee ball to age 12 and all levels of girls softball. These fields are expected to be open in the spring of 2014 for play.
    “We like to remind our park visitors that dogs are only permitted at Southgate Park, adjacent to Boettler Park and for dog walkers in Southgate Park, please dispose of pet waste properly,” said Elkins.
    Each park has recycle bins placed next to most of the trash receptacles for items such as glass or plastic bottles.
    If a visitor comes across a maintenance issue, please email the city’s parks division at parks@cityofgreen.org or email them through the city’s website at www.cityofgreen.org.  If the issue is an imminent safety concern that needs immediate attention, please contact the fire dispatch through the non-emergency phone number 330-896-6610.