Community forum seeks public input on improvements to Rose Hill Park in Port Arthur – Port Arthur News
On Thursday, residents of Port Arthur will have the opportunity to express their wishes for Rose Hill Park – one of three approved for renovations in May by voters.
The proposal to improve Rose Hill Acres Park, Adams Park and the Recreation and Senior Citizens Center was approved by 77.8% of voters. The project will be financed by reallocated funds from the Economic Development Corporation, disbursed to the tune of $ 1 million per year over three years. The funds, however, will not be released until October.
In the meantime, Parks and Recreation officials are working hard to come up with potential plans for the parks and get community feedback to make them as user-friendly and functional as possible.
The meeting will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Amos J. Evans Mixed-Use Building, 1308B 9th Avenue.
âWe have preliminary sketches with ideas we received so citizens can get a visual of what it might look like,â said director Chandra Alpough. âRight now we are working to get the right designs. “
When presented to council ahead of the election, the tri-park plan included:
- Addition of a multi-sport complex, addition of concession facilities and washrooms, addition of shaded event seating, upgrade to competition fields, improvement of irrigation systems, addition of sports field lighting, from a walking trail, football complex and cricket ground to Adams Park, located at 3401 S. Sgt. Lucian Adams Walk. The 47-acre park already has three baseball fields, a football field, four softball fields, a tennis court, a playground and a pavilion.
- Addition of a walking path, family picnic areas, game tables, inclusive park elements, portable bleachers and a stage, a multi-use field, a covered pavilion and modifications made to the parking lot at Rose Hill Park, located at 200, boul. Woodworth. The 15-acre park currently has a tennis court, adult exercise system, soccer goals and a playground.
- Updated code and American Disabilities Act compliance, upgraded washrooms and locker rooms, upgraded facilities, additional workout rooms, added teen room, updated pool, and improved parking at the Recreation and Senior Citizens Center. Located at 1308 9th Avenue, the 20,000 square foot facility once housed the YMCA of Port Arthur. But it is possible that it will be rebuilt instead of being renovated.
However, said Alpough, these plans are not set in stone and depend on community feedback.
While all three will have public meetings, Rose Hill Acres is first and foremost in large part for its location.
âThis is one of the entrance parks that head towards the entrance to the city center,â Alpough said. âIt’s a very important park. It is used extensively and we want to give citizens something that they can take advantage of. “
Mayor Thurman Bartie previously said Port Arthur Newsmedia Adams Park renovations were exciting for its addition to the downtown redevelopment and the potential to open Port Arthur to more economic benefits.