City awaiting final recommendations on park plan

The city of Emporia continues the planning process for city parks.

On KVOE's Talk of Emporia recently, City Manager Mark McAnarney said the final recommendations from an outside consultant should be ready for review within the next few weeks. However, some projects are moving forward now, including a complete renovation of the Hammond Park tennis courts.

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McAnarney says the project was funded by proceeds from the sale of Lake Kahola several years ago.

Yet to be determined are how the city will handle small, unused parks like Lakeview at Ninth and Lakeview, Quaker at First and Sylvan, Urbanside at Fifth and Whildin and Walnut at Eighth and Walnut. The consultant's initial report says the city should dispose of those parks. McAnarney says there would be public meetings to gauge local sentiment before a decision is reached.

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Also yet to be determined: what new amenities or special events should come to Emporia's bigger parks. The city partnered with the Emporia Recreation Commission to bring major improvements to the Soden's Grove baseball field, including a new turf infield and state-of-the-art drainage.