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PARK PROJECTS STRUGGLING DOWNTOWN

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Two downtown park projects have been slowed, but a third is progressing.

City Councilman Milt Harmon said property that the city began to develop as a park has been abandoned at the owner's request. The Worwood property, where a medical clinic was razed, has been taken from the list of possible parks by the owners."They may have a commercial use for the property," Harmon said.

The city owns the second piece of property, also on Main street, where a Chevron station was razed. Officials had planned a park there until a possible commercial venture came along that later fizzled.

"The city went far enough to get an architect," Harmon said. "We had some financial backing for the project. We could have had the park completed by Stampede time."

However, City Council members have favored businesses for the city's Main Street. They have voted in the past to favor revitalization of the business community in the historic area.

A mini-park project near the 7-11 on Main Street is moving ahead and a lease has been signed.