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October 5, 2012

Park upgrades under way

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NORMAN —

At Colonial Commons, 1909 Beaumont Drive, trees, a new back stop and new park furnishings will give the area a facelift.

At Colonial Estates, 1641 E. Lindsey St., the upgrades will be more extensive. Colonial Estates is one of the city’s larger parks and is the location of splash pads and a popular disc golf course.

Bridges along the trails and along the disc golf course will be replaced. Briggs said five bridges will be replaced. Disc golf baskets also will be replaced. Local disc golfers had often donated baskets to replace those that were stolen or broken and had done other volunteer work, even building bridges to help keep up the park.

Now, disc golfers will enjoy better accommodations, which could open the possibility of tournaments.

Dead trees will be replaced and more will be planted. Also, the park’s trail system will be revamped. Asphalt trails will be overlaid and sidewalk trails will be repaired. Where there is a gap in the sidewalks, that will be filled in.

“A lot of trail work” will be done at Colonial Estates, Briggs said.

A kiosk is desired at the disc golf course, and Briggs said a local Boy Scout is hoping to work on that with the city as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Benches, trash cans and picnic tables also will be replaced throughout the park.

With funds freed up by the charter vote, this is just the first in a series of park improvements the city hopes to make in the future.

Joy Hampton366-3539jhampton@normantranscript.com

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