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Wrangell park gets makeover

WRANGELL, ALASKA

Over the next couple of months a number of improvement projects will be taking place at the parks in Wrangell. Parks and Recreation Director Kim Covalt says he focused on Shoemaker Park last year, and says this year he is looking to improve on City Park.

“After we completed the work at Shoemaker I see a lot more families out there recreating and now at shoemakers, three or four different sets of families can go out there at once because there is enough area and picnic tables, I would say it enhances the parks and gets more people out enjoying them,” he says.

And that’s exactly what Covalt hopes to achieve once work begins at City Park. Projects include the re-roof of the City Park shelter #1, the installation of new fire rings, and restroom upgrades. Other improvements include the installation of an outdoor volleyball court at Volunteer Park, and the installation of a gate between the RV Park and the Shoemaker parking lot.

Many of the projects are financed through capital funding. Covalt says looking forward; he would like to see further improvements to City Park in the years to come.

“Next year I’m hoping to get City Park shelter number three roofs replaced. It seems like there is always something and I just can’t always get the money to do them all at once, so I try to do a little bit each year and try to constantly improve the parks,” he says.

Work is expected to begin within the next month and run through the spring of 2012. Completion dates will depend on the Public Works Department availability and schedule.
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