With design final, Mission targets August construction start for new city park

This lot at the corner of Martway and Broadmoor is slated to be the site of the next city park in Mission.
This lot at the corner of Martway and Broadmoor is slated to be the site of the next city park in Mission.

After several changes in the design proposed earlier this year, the new park coming to the corner of Martway and Broadmoor has been approved by the Mission City Council. It still needs a name, though, and suggestions can be submitted up to June 1.

The small park is on land donated by the developers of the of the new senior apartment units which will be immediately to the south. The developer also contributed $100,000 toward the construction of the park, which now has a total estimated cost of $127,565. That means $27,565 would come from the city’s park improvement funds to complete the project.

Construction on the park is expected to start in August. The land has been used to store construction materials for the apartment project which is nearing completion.

The final design, which includes a central plaza area, has had several changes since the preliminary drawings shown to the city council in February. Eliminated were limestone boulders and colored concrete. Added to the plan were several trash receptacles, park benches, picnic tables, one recycling container and pet waste systems.

Cigarette receptacles were removed from the list. Councilor Suzie Gibbs had raised an objection to the receptacles, which are not in any other city park. The receptacles, she said, would only encourage smoking.

The size of trees was increased from the first design and a bid alternate of a reinforced seating wall will be taken with the construction bids. The wall would surround the center plaza.

Lighting is anticipated as a future addition after the park is open and the city has a better sense of where lighting is needed.