New projects this year include the funding for the two feasibility studies, the first of which would look at turning Eagle Street into a European-style "woonerf," or shared space, using paving and landscaping to slow traffic.
Michael Nuvallie, director of the city's Office of Community Development, told the Parks & Recreation Commission on Monday that the hope is to start construction on the splash park after July 1 this year and have the park completed by June 2018.
The next stage of the Noel Field Athletic Complex was confirmed on Friday with the announcement of $400,000 in state funds toward a splash pad and other improvements.
The entire project is estimated at $778,000, with the balance to be matched from the city's annual Community Development Block Grant funding.
The City Council on Tuesday approved the application for a $400,000 grant from the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovation for Communities Program, or PARC, through the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs and authorized Mayor Richard Alcombright to borrow in anticipation of the project.
The park will take shape next week where the Modern Liquors building used to be. Pieces of the $676,000 skate park, funded by a state Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grant and local match using Community Development Block Grant funds, will be put in place next Tuesday by crane.
Work is expected to began soon on the new skate and BMX bicycle park where the former Modern Liquors was located.
The State Street building was razed last week to make way for the $676,000 skate park, which will in turn open up space at Noel Field Athletic Complex for a proposed splash pad and bocce and pickle ball courts.