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Made for the Shade

 

New Shade Pavilion at North Gateway Park

 

A new shade pavilion at North Gateway Park has been installed, funded from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, ‘Fishing for Fun’ program. “The pavilion was installed January 4th and 5th,” said Rick Akers, Lamar Parks and Recreation Director, adding, “It measures 20 by 44 feet and was erected just south of the rest room at the edge of the first pond.”

North Gateway Park

Akers didn’t put a price tag on the structure, but explained it was part of the same funding that helped construct both the restroom and the ADA floating pier. “We plan to install some picnic tables and a charcoal burning barbecue pit as well as a yard light which will illuminate the area between the shelter and the restroom facility,” he said that will close out the funding from the CPW grant.

There are plans for more upgrades from future grants the city will apply for. Akers said, “We want to start work on the second and third ponds and erect a shelter and a restroom in that area as well as some paths and runs around the ponds.  We expect that to take place after we re-apply for another grant.”

The City of Lamar has other funds for other projects and the next big one involves the construction of the skateboard park planned for Willow Creek Park this spring. Akers explained, “We’ve worked out a preliminary contract with Team Pain for the construction and we’re going to take some soil samples of the area which is one of the first steps in the process.”  Akers said he expects the skateboard park to be ready sometime in May.

By Russ Baldwin

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