At its Tuesday meeting, the Danville Town Council granted its Parks and Leisure Services Commission permission to move forward with the Osage Station Park master plan. The draft master plan update includes no fewer than 10 projects to improve and reconfigure the 30-year-old park.
"It was really good, (the parks commission) had taken into account a lot of factors. They talked to the neighbors, the police department about making it safe, they talked to the school. I think they came up with a really good plan," said Mayor Karen Stepper.
The draft master plan will be the park's guiding document for the next 25 years and proposes several additions, repairs and reconfigurations to make the park more accessible to sports teams and residents.
Included in the plan are a reconfiguration of the park's four baseball fields to make room for an additional diamond and the relocation of tennis courts nearer the boundary of Charlotte Wood Middle School, Michelle Lacey, recreation services manager, said. The finished park should also have bocce ball courts and a snack shack.
"Everything right now is in concept. We're not at the point where we've identified specifics; right now we're just trying to identify what potential amenities would go into final master plan," Lacey said.
The draft master plan prioritized the projects, which will each go through a separate approval and integration into the town's capital improvement plan, giving benches, playgrounds, the snack shack and water feature precedence.
"The first priority is the play area because the water feature is completely out of commission," Stepper said. New safety standards have deemed the feature "too deep" and as it is now considered a pool, lifeguards must supervise the area. Renovations to the feature would include a zero depth splash area with interactive elements for young children, according to reports.
Still, the town is in the very beginning stages of construction. Now that the parks commission has council approval, it must create official construction documents that will be sent back to the council for approval. The approved plans will then be submitted for a building permit. Stepper estimates that the entire Osage Station Park update will take between 10 and 15 years.