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Park gets upgraded

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The new playground equipment at Viola City Park adds a bit of excitement for kids. The Master Gardeners have also helped beautify the park and the park board has laid new sod on the baseball field. Photo by Emily McIntosh
A combined effort of Master Gardners, park board members, volunteers and grants has helped make the Viola City park look like an exciting wonderland for kids to play in.

Kids at Viola now have a better playground to jump, climb and slide on. The new playground equipment has a small climbing wall, bars and yes -- slides. The city has also done more work on gaming areas of the park so players and spectators can enjoy their sport.

Viola Mayor Jackie Estes said the city received a $50,600 grant from Land and Water Conservation administered by State Parks and Tourism to maintain the city park.

Estes said the city spent $9,500 for a new fence and backboard for the Little League field. Estes said at the last city council meeting that the park board has put down new sod on the baseball field at no cost to the city. The city also overlaid the tennis court with asphalt and restriped it for $8,000.

Parents also won't have to worry as much about their kids getting hurt while playing. The park board laid out mulch in most of the playing area, Estes said.

Master Gardeners have also been working on landscaping projects. Besides the new rock sign, built by Ralph Moore and Ernest and Carrie McIntosh, the gardeners have also been planting trees and shrubs. Estes said, "They've planted over 100 trees."

Estes said the next big park project will probably be lighting improvement.

"The biggest thing (at the park) is keeping it looking nice," Estes said.

Any volunteer help is appreciated Estes said. People could help keep the park looking beautiful by picking up trash and volunteering to do some landscaping. Estes said it would be nice for the community to show ownership.

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