November Park Board Meeting Recap, Trail Master Plan Discussed

BROKEN BOW—The Park Board hosted a brief meeting on Monday evening with the Trail Master Plan at the top of the agenda. The board discussed City Administrator Brent Clark working with JEO to get an updated cost estimate and breakdown of potential surface materials for the portion of trail along Muddy Creek.

The Muddy Creek connection has previously been mentioned as an acceptable first step by past meeting attendees and seemingly the least controversial. This portion is currently listed as Phase A, and at this time, is currently estimated to cost around $2.5 million. The goal is to fully fund this portion of the plan using grant money. The completion of this phase could take years according to Clark, and also requires collaboration with the Corps of Engineers and the railroad, according to Park Board Chairperson Lindsay Divan.

One member of the audience spoke out asking the park board to exclude 9th Avenue from the plan.

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A potential Melham Holiday event was discussed but no one spoke on behalf of the idea and no vote was taken.

Park Superintendent Darren Marten reported on winterizing park restrooms but leaving a few open until December. Ten trees were received through a ReTree Nebraska mini-grant and those trees will be planted this week at the RV park, near the new houses on Pawnee Lane, Indian Hills, and potentially a couple other locations.

Marten said he is also hoping to get some colorful blossoming trees for Melham Park that would flower in the spring. Data collection of RV rates is ongoing and will be discussed at future meetings. Storm damage repairs of park restrooms and the pool are also ongoing.

The meeting adjourned at 5:38 p.m. The next Park Board meeting is scheduled for December 4 where the board will likely vote on the Muddy Creek portion of the Trail Master Plan.