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Deerfield complete, park board anticipates Northschool project work

Thursday, November 15, 2012

As of Tuesday night's meeting, Beck Engineering declared the Deerfield Park Enhancement Project as "substantially complete."

The project, begun this summer, reconstructed the trail in the park. Originally, the plan included rain gardens to help prevent flooding and standing water.

While much of the work is done on Deerfield park, Beck Engineering will wait to close the project until springtime.

"We're still waiting to see what the seed does in the spring," Jason Eygabroad, practicing civil engineering intern, said. "At that point, the fence will come down and project will be fully completed."

With one park nearly completed, the park board began to look ahead at upcoming work for Northschool park. While the project is similar to Deerfield, the park department hopes to use the path of the railroad to create a trail, potentially all the way into Dickinson County.

"The railroad there gives a nice corridor to keep open for a trail," Park Manager Delray Bredehoeft said. "It's very advantageous for the city and for the parks."

Earlier in the year, the park department applied for a Rural Energy for America Program grant, to help fund the project. They received $17,197, which will help defer a portion of the costs.

"Obviously, we would have loved to receive more money," Bredehoeft said, "but it's a very competitive grant, and it's given in part on a first-come-first-serve basis."

In accordance with the grant timeline, the Northschool park project is scheduled to be completed at least by December of 2014.

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