Park board submits long list of repairs to council

By Dan Aznoff | Sep 20, 2018
Courtesy of: City of Mill Creek Safety concerns and routine maintenance will be the emphasis of work scheduled to be performed at Heron and Cougar Parks before the start if the rainy season. The worked planned at Heron Park includes updates to play equipment to meet safety code regulations and drainage of the soggy grass area behind the tennis courts. The work at Cougar will include a new roof and gutters on the maintenance shed. All 19 projects were identified during regular inspections during 2017.

Updates and safety precautions at seven city parks were part of the recommendations Mill Creek’s Parks and Recreation Board submitted to the Mill Creek City Council on Sept. 11 for the city’s biennial capital planning.

“The board prevents things from slipping through the cracks and being neglected in regards to our local parks,” said Peter Lalic, board member.

The 25-year Mill Creek resident has served on the Planning Commission for more than 10 years. He said he is invested in the success of the city to keep Mill Creek, “a great place to raise a family.”

“I feel strongly that if you want a nice community or city, you must work at it,” Lalic said. “Good things don’t just happen without hard work and volunteering.”

According to the City’s website, “In 2017, the board identified a handful of items that needed addressing, including a missing nature sign, exposed rebar north of the tennis court at Cougar Park, cleaning park shelter roof and gutters, replacing a vandalized drain spout, and painting playground equipment.”

Most, if not all, of the items were addressed by city staff in 2017, including a request to remove one set of swings from Heron Park. The swings at Heron Park were removed by city workers in June after they failed to meet safety guidelines required by Federal Consumer protection Agency.

The agency reported that more than 200,000 injuries are reported every year as a result of playground equipment.

Parks and Recreation Board members toured each of the Mill Creek parks in June before issuing their list of recommended repairs:

 

Heron Park

• Update and replace play equipment to meet safety code and regulations.

• Replace the park shelter roof and gutters.

• Repaint the park shelter.

• Evaluate drainage for the soggy grass area behind the tennis courts.

 

@Cougar Park@

• Replace the park shelter roof and gutters.

• Replace damaged park shelter sign, sign board plexiglass, and the men’s restroom sign.

• Remove rebar in the wooded trail area.

• Implement Cougar Park Phase II of clearing out brush and building a trail in the wooded area.

@Freedom Field Sports Park@

• Tighten fence in tot area and fix the fence behind storage shed at back of the park.

• Replace and secure the screen net over the scoreboard.

• Fix wheels on the soccer goals to allow smooth rolling and prevent tears on the new turf.

• Reposition the garbage can from the parking lot into the planter bed to open up two additional parking spaces for field rental users.

Buffalo Park

• Replace plexiglass in the sign boards.

• Fix gutter drain spout by the playground.

• Look into ways to permanently replace fence post caps by the playground due to continual replacement of the caps.

Silver Crest

• Fix the large dip/sink spot in the basketball court and repaint the court.

 

Nickel Creek Park

• Replace tables with composite material to reduce regular maintenance needed for oak tables such as pressure washing and staining.

 

Pine Meadow Park

• Replace the park shelter roof and gutters.

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