Improvements Made at Heritage Park

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Piggott city workers are shown putting gravel around the new playground equipment at Heritage Park.

Improvements are near complete at Heritage Park in Piggott, thanks to a grant received earlier this year. The Outdoor Recreation Grant in the amount of $50,000 was awarded to the Piggott Parks and Recreation Department earlier this year, and in the months since the funds have been put to good use.

"We used the grant money to build the new fence at the park, and now we're completing an expansion of the playground area," noted Parks Director Shannon Williams. "We've added swings and more playground equipment and the job is over 90 percent complete, we should have that part of the project complete by sometime this week."

Williams also noted that the park's department used a portion of the grant to develop a 10 year master plan for the facility. "We hired an engineer and had a master plan developed for improvements we want to make over the course of the next 10 years, it calls for an RV park, additional restrooms, nature trails, bike trails and additional parking," she added.

She noted that the master plan is currently on display at the Piggott Community Center and encouraged interested citizens to stop by and review the proposed efforts.

Williams also updated the project to replace the restrooms that burned earlier this month at the park. She noted that the city has contracted to have an engineer determine whether the portion of the building left standing after the blaze was still viable, or whether the entire structure would have to be re-built.

She added that any timetable on rebuilding the restrooms would be dependent on the outcome of that report.

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