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New Centerville park needs name

It will be built on northeast side of city on 27 acres

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The Centerville City Parks and Recreation Committee is calling on local residents to help name a new park that will be built on the northeast side of the city.

"We've had a few, not a lot, but a few," Marsha Morrow, Centerville deputy city recorder, said of the name suggestions. "Some are interesting."

The suggestions include "Horizon Park" and "Trail Side Park," Morrow said. The Parks and Recreation Committee will select one of the suggested names for recommendation to the city council who will make the final decision.

The park will be built on a 27-acre site, which consists of nine acres that was part of the former Parson's gravel pit and 18 acres of mountainside terrain.

Morrow said the park will be located east of Park Hills Drive at about 200 East.

"This will be a nice amenity for people in the north," she said, adding that there isn't a park in the northernmost part of the city.

The park has a $1.2 million master plan, which includes separate walking and equestrian trails, a soccer field, a sledding hill, a pavilion, restrooms, a playground and play courts.

"That's going to take time to get all that," Morrow said. "It will probably be at least five years before it will be completed."

Morrow said $100,000 of the $1.2 million plan will be funded with grant money, $55,000 will be funded by RDA money and the rest will come from the city's general fund. She said the plans also include creating a trailhead.

The initial phase of construction is scheduled to begin this winter, and portions of the park could be available for use by the end of 2006.

Morrow said plans for the park have been in the works for several years.

Park name suggestions can be sent to Centerville's City Hall, 250 N. Main, Centerville, attention: Parks and Recreation Committee.

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