Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce that the newly renovated Glendale Park is very near completion. While the park may seem complete to the common eye, there are a few details that need to be finalized before opening the gates to the public. In particular, the City is waiting on the utility company to connect power to the pedestrian lighting. The Mayor recently toured the park with Director of Planning and Development, James Errickson, to check on the status of being able to open. “Without proper lighting at night I do not believe it is in the best intention of public safety to open the gates,” stated Mayor DeMaria, “I know we are all anticipating getting back in the park, but without proper lighting it would not be responsible.”
A Grand Re-Opening Ceremony for the renovated park will be scheduled and announced to the public once all of the safety considerations have been met, estimated to be by the end of September.
The newly renovated park boasts a natural turf baseball field and two softball fields with engineered root-zone material, subsurface drainage layers and an updated irrigation system, all which will help maintain stronger, longer-lasting sod. Residents should please note that the baseball field will remain closed until the spring of 2014 in order to allow the turf to appropriately root and grow prior to use.
New athletic field lighting targets areas of play and independent pedestrian lighting will illuminate areas of the park, such as the perimeter walkways. The existing Tot Lot has been completely overhauled. All new tot lot equipment has been installed, as well as pour-and-play surface material, which makes the lot ADA compliant.
The most drastic improvement is the overall beautification of the space. Formalized entrance areas, ornamental fencing, decorative lampposts, drinking fountains, and standardized benches and trash receptacles highlight the significant improvements in landscaping such as the retaining walls, flowerbeds, and planters.
The Glendale Park renovation was part of the Mayor’s Capital Improvement Program. The new space provides a state of the art facility that will make every resident proud.