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Horseshoe Bend plans new park for city's kids

Saturday, January 14, 2012

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Some end-of-2011 good news is expected to lead to a long desired improvement at Horseshoe Bend.

"We've been notified that we have been awarded a $45,000 FUN Park Grant through the Department of Parks and Tourism," Mayor Bob Barnes told The News.

The funding will pay to develop a small city park, which will include a basketball court, playground equipment, a picnic pavilion and a gravel parking area. The park will include sidewalks to make it accessible to the disabled.

"We're planning to put the park at the intersection of Highways 289 and 354, at the entrance to the mobile home park," Barnes said. "The mobile home park is where the majority of kids in Horseshoe Bend live. I think the Census showed there are about 160 children in the mobile home park."

The land, which is slightly more than an acre in size, is already cleared. There is currently a swing set and teeter-totter on the property.

Barnes is especially pleased that the funding will allow the city to put in a basketball court.

"The MRID court in Veterans Park, which was put in years ago, is the only public basketball goal I know about," said Barnes. "A lot of kids hang out there, but it's not in the best of condition."

While the city's application for the park shows a half-court basketball area, Barnes is hoping to stretch the grant to build a full court, two goal facility.

"I think it will be a real asset to the community," Barnes said.



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