Grant applied for to finish Trinidad Park

CLEWISTON — City commissioners voted to proceed with applying for a Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program grant for the third phase of improvements to Trinidad Park on Monday, Oct. 15. In a public hearing before the commissioners’ regular meeting, Mayor Mali Gardner asked city grant writer Lynne Mila to talk about public input on what the park needs, noting that the commission already approved the resolution on Sept. 24.

Ms. Mila referred to citizens’ remarks: “It looks like people perceive the need for playground equipment out there. They said that there’s more things needed for their kids to climb and slide on. (A) person who goes to the park weekly asked for a playground replacement and bathrooms.

“In 2015, phase two was the picnic pavilion and a bathroom to replace the portables that are there now. And also the resurfacing of the basketball court,” she said.

Commissioner Phillip Roland remarked, “The basketball court’s great.”

“Yes,” agreed the mayor. “There’s kids always playing basketball there and the football field’s being used.” She asked Ms. Mila when work would start on the bathrooms. “The order’s been placed,” she said. “We pushed delivery to January … to make sure that we have staff here to get it in. We have to have the project completed by the end of April, so we’re in good shape. We could get the award anytime between spring and October of 2019. If we get the award, we really don’t have to start putting the playground in until 2020, but hopefully we’ll find out something sooner.”

Public Works Director Sean Sheffler added that “the picnic pavilion will be coming in soon and will be installed.”
Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the park plan as presented.

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