Prospect Park Ballfields Reopen After $1.25M Renovation

PROSPECT PARK, BROOKLYN — Two more ballfields have finished a long-needed update in Prospect Park.

The Prospect Park Alliance announced Tuesday that Long Meadow Ball Fields “4” and “5” have reopened following a $1.25-million renovation. The fields are the latest of the park’s seven baseball fields to get a facelift as part of a years-long project to update the Long Meadow play spaces.

The renovation to ballfields four and five was funded by Council Member Brad Lander.

“I’m so glad that the restoration of the Long Meadow Ballfields 4 + 5 is complete in time for ball players to enjoy them this fall,” Lander said. “Our parks and play areas are a critical resource, especially during this pandemic, to keep our communities happy, healthy, and connected.”

The update to the ballfields included reseeding the turf, adding new clay infields and improving draining. The fields also got new pathways, benches, storage

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See the results of a $4.5M renovation project at Plano’s Carpenter Park Athletic Complex

A $4.5 million renovation project installing four new artificial turf playing fields at the Carpenter Park Athletic Complex in Plano is now complete. The fields can host games and practices for sports including football, soccer, lacrosse and rugby, among other activities.

The project was funded through a $15.5 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2017.

Strong interest and wear and tear on the fields led to the renovation project at Carpenter Park, according to a video report produced by the city.

“Over the years, it’s gone from a two-season to basically almost a year-round season…And you just can’t play on a natural turf that much without just wearing it to the nub and worse,” Kevin Murray, assistant parks superintendent, said in the video.

Traffic passes a polling place sign outside a Collin County Early Voting Location at Carpenter Park Recreation Center on Monday, June 29, 2020, in Plano. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

The Carpenter Park project also added new security fencing and an additional trail that makes a loop around the entire park. Two new restroom buildings, additional

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Bohnett Park to Close for Renovation, Storm Water Treatment Project | Local News

October 12, 2020
| 12:10 p.m.

Bohnett Park in Santa Barbara is scheduled to close beginning Thursday, Oct. 15 for construction of a park improvement and storm water treatment project.

The park improvement project, developed with extensive community input, includes the installation of new turf and landscaping, irrigation, picnic tables along Old Mission Creek, barbecue grills, trash and coal receptacles, accessible park entrance and walkways, and new streetscape fencing.

“Bohnett Park is a key recreational area for the Westside,” said Parks and Recreation director Jill Zachary. “We are pleased to be moving forward with a project that will make the park more usable for all.”

The storm water improvement portion of the project includes the installation of underground gravel filled chambers that will capture, treat and infiltrate storm water runoff from the neighborhood surrounding Bohnett Park.

Retaining the storm water on site and allowing it to slowly infiltrate into the

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Park Police horses get new stables

So Wednesday morning, when officials came to announce that new stables were going to be built on the site, and the VIPs fawned over Chief, Tedi began kicking the wall of his stall.

He took a drink of water and dribbled it on the pavement. He craned his neck and eyed Chief. He made such a fuss that Officer Roy Williams Jr. had to move him a few stalls away. “He’s not happy,” Williams said.

But Tedi was alone in his agitation Wednesday, as government officials and executives of the Trust for the National Mall broke ground on the $15 million high-tech stables complex and education center.

The project is designed to replace the current stables of wood and shingle, surrounded by a stockade fence, that have been an eyesore on the Mall since they were erected for the nation’s bicentennial 44 years ago.

“Why should [the horses] live in

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Palm Springs leaders discuss airport concessions, downtown park

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An American Airlines flight takes off Palm Springs International Airport, November 19, 2019. (Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)

More improvements are coming to the Palm Springs International Airport.

On Thursday, the Palm Springs City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the airport concession lease agreement and concept designs related to a demonstration garden and future turf conversion projects.

An extension of the concessions agreement with Paradies Shops, which has operated at the airport since 1999, will be in effect through April 2023, according to the city.

It will include a $512,000 investment from Paradies to improve food and bar spaces with proposed concepts such as Santa Rosa Kitchen and Spirits, PSP Coffee House and The Wine Bar at PSP in lieu of the 12th Fairway, Starbucks and California Vintage. 

Approving the amendment will allow Paradies to begin working on design plans, acquiring equipment and hiring staff in

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Latest renovation plans for Tom Lee Park unveiled

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Officials with Memphis River Parks Partnership unveiled the latest plans for a major renovation of Tom Lee Park Thursday.

“I think (the renovation) is probably the most significant civic project in my lifetime,” MRPP President Carol Coletta said.

The designs include a two-mile running loop, fitness zones and a large water feature with misters and fountain jets. Other aspects of the $60 million project include an elevated walking path through a canopy that’ll resemble a forest and unique play areas for kids.

“So, not your kind of off-the-shelf slide and swing set but really somewhere that’s super engaging,” MRPP official George Abbott said, “So, much of what’s in this park is inspired by the shapes, the forms, the sounds, the movement of the Mississippi River.”

The initial designs for the park renovation were released in 2019 and were met with criticism from Memphis in May organizers who

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Tomball applying for grant for Matheson Park improvements

The city of Tomball is applying for a grant to improve Matheson Park and is asking the public what improvements they would like to see.

City council members unanimously approved of the grant application to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department during their Oct. 5 meeting.

“We were the recipient of a grant for Broussard Park that is now complete and open,” Tomball Public Works Director Beth Jones said. “We figure it’s time to tackle another project.”

The grant would go toward Matheson Park, one of the older parks in Tomball.

“It’s one of our parks in the middle of town and has some need for updating,” Jones said. “If we’re gonna pull it together we need to pull out all the stops.”

Jones said the city is conducting a survey to ask residents and local organizations like tennis and pickleball

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Park improvements coming to Legion Lake, Brigance Park, possible splash pad in the works | Chickasaw Journal

Legion Lake Park on Dulaney Street is slated for some improvements in 2021 after the Mississippi Legislature appropriated $150,000 for park upgrades. The appropriation request was made by the Chickasaw Development Foundation (CDF) during the 2020 session.

CDF director, Sean Johnson, added the park improvements to the request after Houston won a $25,000 grant from the Levitt Foundation to hold a ten-week concert series at the park.

“We made a couple of requests for quality of life improvement projects during the last session. We requested $250,000 to refurbish the old theater downtown into a public arts space, and $150,000 for upgrading the park. Legislators Jon Lancaster and Ben Suber were able to shepherd the request through the various committees and were able to get us the money for the park,” says Johnson.

“We’ll try again for some other projects (including the theater) next year, but, considering the COVID situation and

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After years-long renovation, Perseverance Park earns its name (Editorial)

It’s taken six years of perseverance, but Perseverance Park is finally done, we happily note.

The public plaza in front of One Lincoln Center is now crisscrossed with concrete seating in abstract shapes, curved and tinted concrete underfoot, and mature trees and grassy plantings to soften all those hard edges.

It’s not as ambitious as the original vision for the spot — but it’s neat, inviting and, most importantly, finished.

Perseverance Park, running along South Salina Street between Fayette and Washington Streets, was the site of the Occupy Wall Street encampment in 2011. In 2012, it became a blank canvas in the heart of downtown when the Centro bus hub moved to its new location down the street.

In 2014, the Downtown Committee commissioned an art installation called “Flowscape” — a blue and white design painted on the ground — to spark public conversation about the future of the space.

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After improvements, part of West Eleven office park heads to auction

About a year after the former Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan buildings in Southfield came under new ownership following a contentious court battle, part of what is now known as the West Eleven Office Park is heading to auction.

The auction for 27350 W. 11 Mile Rd. runs from 1 p.m. Nov. 16 to 1 p.m. Nov. 18 with a starting bid of $1.35 million for the 159,200-square-foot vacant building.

At one point, the building was “shuttered by debtors” and “unfit for occupancy,” court filings in Oakland County by Southfield-based brokerage house Farbman Group said last year.

The building is one of four that I wrote about in November stemming from a series of mind-boggling lawsuits between Canadian investors targeting each other in Oakland County and federal court, with allegations ranging from fraud to implications of one party in a double murder in Toronto.

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