Smaller LB 357 capital improvement projects set for new fiscal year

East Hill Park - York NE

YORK – With the passage of the 2023-24 budget for the city, the LB 357 capital improvements for the year have also been set with detail, including the smaller projects that fall outside the bonded projects.

The improvement projects are outlined in the city’s annual appropriations bill.

Included will be the resurfacing of the tennis courts at the East Hill Park, with a budged amount of $80,000. The tennis courts there will see the current surface removed, all cracks will be filled with an armor crack repair system and a new color coat will be installed.

As explained during the budget process, the “tennis courts at East Hill Park are used all the time by the public and the public school. The current surface has multiple large cracks, the surface is peeling the concrete is shifting. In 2022, the city used concrete leveling on one area, but the problems are continuing.”

Also included for capital improvement projects, to be paid with LB 357 funds, will be the resurfacing of the Harrison Park tennis courts. The budgeted amount for this project is $35,000. As explained during the budget process, “These tennis courts don’t have a tennis surface, just concrete. A tennis court surface will be added along with four pickle ball courts and basketball lines. This area is used by the public and public school. This will allow for a safer playing surface.”

The East Hill main playground will be replaced, with a budgeted amount of $150,000. As explained earlier: “During a playground inspection, 31 issues were identified as ‘unsafe.’ These issues need to be corrected,” Parks and Rec Director Cheree Folts said. “The playground was installed over 30 years ago and has reached its usable life. It is recommended that we remove the metal jeep, horse spring riders and replace the play structure due to rust, platform coating and showing wear and peeling away. Slides are cracked in several places. The tall tube is broken and there is not enough fall surface due to exposed concrete.”

The city will be soon be taking over the facilities at the soccer complex. With that, $26,000 has been budgeted for replacing the soccer goals which have been worn due to wear and tear. Also at the soccer complex, $10,000 in LB 357 funds have been budgeted for replacing the player benches with aluminum full-size benches. And $20,000 has been budgeted for fertilizer, aeration, inner-seed, grass seed, etc. As Folts explained, “The playing conditions are not up to the city’s standards this would be an initial start-up to get the playing fields a jump start.”

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