June 9, 2005

Improvements to Continue at Legion Park

The upgrade at the Memphis Municipal Swimming Pool will continue as the city council voted 4-0 to proceed with landscaping, dirtwork and installation of a gazebo or shelter area at Legion Park.

Superintendent Roy Monroe presented a proposal from the Missouri Department of Conservation proposing the planting of 21 trees at the park and the removal of five existing trees. The landscaping plan had been prepared by Tim Frevert of MDC to generate shade for the parking area, shelter and play equipment while adding emphasis to the entrance drive. The older trees slotted for removal are in poor condition according to Frevert.

The plan recommends planting 13 large-growing, deciduous trees such as oak, ash or maple in the park for shade purposes. It also suggested planting five red maples along the drainage area west of the pool to separate the adjacent residences and de-emphasize the service entrance. The estimated cost of the new trees and installation is $3,780.

Monroe told the council that the plan also includes a gazebo or shelter to be located south of the pool after much of the elevated dirt pad was removed.

He stated the tree planting would be completed in a two-year period.

The council agreed to allow the sale of memorial trees and memorial benches to the public. Community members willing to donate the $150 fee can create a memorial for a loved one, complete with a plaque designating the tree or park bench in memory of the individual.

The council voted 4-0 to proceed with the tree plan as presented by MDC and also asked Monroe to seek cost estimates for the construction of the shelter to be presented at the July meeting.

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