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Committee considers designs for park

New park planned for Deer Ridge subdivision

The Morris Parks and Annexation Committee is looking at tentative proposals for a new park in Deer Ridge subdivision.

City Engineer Guy Christensen of Chamlin & Associates presented two proposals to the committee to study. No action was taken at Thursday's meeting.

In November 2011, Deer Ridge subdivision developers came before the committee requesting a park be developed on the land it dedicated to the city when the subdivision was originally platted.

The subdivision, located off of U.S. 6 and Ashton Road, now has about 75 families living in it and has about 175 empty lots. There is currently not a park within walking or riding distance for kids or families. At one time, there was no road access to the land designated for the park, so the city could not construct anything, but there is now.

The Morris Lions Club has also donated $10,000 to go toward the park.

The first tentative layout shows a baseball field at the corner of Locust Drive and Walden Crescent, a soccer field, a walk path, shelter, a space for a future adult fitness area, and multiple sets of play equipment, such as swings and tubes as well as tables and benches.

The second layout has the same features, just in a different design.

The main differences being the soccer field is at Walden Crescent and Locust Drive and the baseball field at the other end of the park area.

In both layouts, the soccer field is not up to regulation length, but could hold two nets. The baseball area is not a full field either.

Mayor Richard Kopczick said he preferred the second layout with the soccer field off of Walden Crescent and Locust Drive. The first design would allow for baseballs to hit vehicles passing by, he said.

He also suggested a possible alternative to a soccer field could be a frisbee golf course.

Alderman Julian Houston said he would like to get the subdivision representatives with the committee again for their input.

"It's just an idea to start with," Christensen said.

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