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November 21, 2012

Vissing Park nearly complete

Parks Authority seeking funds for its next project at soccer complex

JEFFERSONVILLE — As Vissing Park gets nearer to its completion, the Jeffersonville Parks Authority looked to put the final touches in place and directed its attention to the next project on the horizon.

Matt Gullo, with Kovert-Hawkins, provided an update to work in Vissing Park and said the trails in the woods surrounding the park are finished, shelters, bathrooms are completed and grass has been seeded on the fields.

“We should be able to play ball for the spring ball season,” he said.

Parks Director Paul Northam said spring leagues are set to begin the Monday after Derby weekend adding a grand opening ceremony date has not been set.

“I think a grand opening is a really good idea, if your really wanting to put this out there as your premiere park,” Gullo said.

He added that contractors will look to finish the majority of the work remaining by the end of December.

In addition to the final touches of construction at the park, two plaques will be added to the site recognizing those who have worked to develop the park and another outlining its history. A finalized version of the signs is expected to be brought back at the parks authority’s next meeting, Dec. 11.

The parks authority board also approved a signage package for the park and will look to gather pricing on installing the signs from several companies and agreed to install Internet lines throughout the park, which would act as a precursor to adding security cameras and alarms.

Even though the park is yet to officially open, Gullo said that there have already been visitors coming to the park. While he said he is pleased that people are wanting to use the park, he offered his concern about people visiting the park before construction has been completed.

Kovert-Hawkins presented a change order to the parks authority board totaling $5,189, which was approved 5-0 with Board Members Lisa Gill, Dennis Julius, Zach Payne and Connie Sellers absent from Monday’s meeting. The cost was deleted from the contingency allowance for the project.

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