City seeks grant for park project

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas is applying for an Oregon Parks and Recreation grant that would dramatically change the layout and pay for improvements at Kingsborough Park.



DALLAS -- The city of Dallas is applying for an Oregon Parks and Recreation grant that would dramatically change the layout and pay for improvements at Kingsborough Park.

If the city's application is approved for funding, work could begin as early as this spring or summer.

Kingsborough Park is located at the corner of West Ellendale Avenue and Southwest Wyatt Street.

The $125,000 grant would allow the city to install new playground equipment, create Americans with Disabilities Act-approved parking and access to play structures, install a regulation-sized soccer field and a full-sized basketball court, fitness stations and a 90-foot section of park trail.

The portion of park trail would eventually connect to the western end of the city's planned Rickreall Creek Trail System.

Ron Lines, the city's parks supervisor, said a fully developed park will be an asset to a newer and growing part of town and use will increase with the improvements.

"You have to tie this neighborhood together," he said.

The Dallas City Council approved applying for the grant at its March 7 meeting. The city is working with Cascadia Consulting Partnership from Independence.

The $125,000 grant requires a 40 percent match or $50,000 from the city. Lines said with purchasing new playground equipment and all the labor required to prepare the park for the overhaul, the city already will be investing nearly $50,000.

"The financial impact will be minimal because we have already met the financial requirement for this grant," Lines said.

Another new element the grant will enable the city to create is a detention pond in the park. The pond will not be a year-round water feature, but serve as a retention area for excess water during the rainy season.

During the wettest parts of the year, Rickreall Creek floods onto what is the now the basketball court and playground. The proposed plans would move the court and play equipment and install a detention pond where the water collects. The city will be working with Polk Soil and Water Conservation District for planning and construction of the pond. While the city will drain the pond each year to prevent growth of invasive species, it may be used as a seasonal fishing hole.

The city also is planning to work with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to restore fish habitat in the section of creek running through the park.

Lines said the city already has the plans, cost estimates and partners lined up before turning in the grant application and is ready to start work once it receives word on the grant.

"We are in a position that when they say `go,' we are ready to go," Lines said.

Lines said other elements, additional parking and installing a restroom facilities are part of future plans for the park.



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