by Mayor Tammy

Two weeks ago I took part in the annual Parks and Recreation Facilities Tour.  This is an annual opportunity for City Council, city commissioners, volunteers, and other interested citizens to take a tour of our ever-growing parks system. We visit current parks, future parks, pathways, recreation facilities and learn about our sport activities, recreation classes and community events.  We have so many exciting things happening in our Parks & Recreation Department, I wanted to share an update of what we saw and heard.

One of the future park sites we visited was the Keith Bird Legacy Park. I’m excited to share that we have set the grand opening and have planned a ribbon cutting for this park on Thursday, November 9th. at 2pm. This park is located in the Bainbridge neighborhood in northwest Meridian. The land was donated by Brighton Corporation along with several cost offsets. I must say that I’m thrilled to see this park named for someone who has truly given so much to our community! The 7.5 acre park reflects the legacy of Council President Keith Bird. Anyone that knows him, or knows of him, knows that above all else he values family; so the design is multi-generational with activities for all ages!  Stay tuned for more details about the opening. I hope you can join us for the celebration.

We also visited Reta Huskey Park which is slated to open this fall - at least the ‘amenities’ of this park will. It is located in the Bellano Creek subdivision east if Ten Mile, north of Ustick along Five Mile Creek. This park has walking paths, a sport court, climbing features, three pickleball courts and more!

For those who visit Heroes Park or play PAL sports there, you will soon notice added feature reflecting its name with new art being installed. The art is a flag design showing photos of both local and national heroes. The installation should be complete later this fall.

We also learned about the completion of Phase Two of the Five Mile Creek Pathway. This new addition connects Badley Avenue to Fairview Avenue, opening up a larger connection from Pine Street west of Locust Grove over to Ten Mile. Our goal is to continue to grow the pathways system in Meridian and this is a giant step forward in doing so!

The tour also took us to South Meridian were we’re gearing up to open new parks in this area of town too. First up will be Hillsdale Park which is next to Hillsdale Elementary. The tractor themed playground just opened so the students can use it during their school day but the rest of the park won’t open until late spring of 2018. The park is built around an agricultural theme and includes a walking path with fitness stations, hay bale benches, a water feature and more!

In addition to all of these projects, we drove by the 77 acre South Meridian park where planning is going full steam ahead on Phase 1 of this regional facility. It is located on the south side of Lake Hazel Road between Locust Grove and Eagle Roads and will be the newest gem to our system as it develops over future years.

As you can see, it’s a busy time as we prepare to add even more open recreation space to our community!  I not only look forward to seeing you at future ribbon cuttings - but more importantly - seeing you and your family riding a pathway, playing in a park or enjoying yourself at our indoor Homecourt facility!

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