Superior’s Parks and Recreation Commission approved some small-ticket items designed to increase outdoor opportunities in the city and came to a consensus on what future park signs will look like during its Thursday, June 27, meeting.
Projects passed on for council approval include establishing the first of several proposed mountain bike trails off the Millennium Trail and installing lighting at the North 21st Street Boat Launch.
The bike trail proposal is being spearheaded by 2019 Marshall School graduate Henry Campbell, who used it for his senior project.
“This would be an awesome add and I feel it would be pretty minimal,” Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Linda Cadotte said.
The trail could be used year-round if it avoids the ski trails, Campbell said, and commission member Gene Rosburg said the city could consider opening it up to snowshoers in the winter.
Campbell told the commission that he had lined up a number of volunteers to help create the first 0.4K section of the trail, which would loop off the Millennium Trail close to the parking lot on North 28th Street. The estimated cost, which included gravel and a cache of tools for future trail expansion and upkeep, came in at $3,290. The commission approved spending up to $5,000 on the first 0.4K trail section this summer.
The commission also approved the installation of two light poles at the North 21st Street Boat Launch in Billings Park. With a price tag of $5,600, the project would involve erecting two pine light poles and running aerial power lines to them. Monthly costs to light the area were estimated at $13 per light.
“I’m still not a fan of the power lines going across, but ultimately I’ve been receiving more and more phone calls about suspicious people hanging around, especially in Billings Park in areas that don’t have street lights,” 9th District Councilor Keith Kern said.
The commission also set their sights on future improvements to Bear Creek Park through the use of Community Development Block Grant funding. The application for funds is due July 8 and there is a high probability the park project will get funded, Cadotte told the commission.
If approved, the CDBG funds would be used to erect permanent restroom facilities and pave the parking lot at Bear Creek Park.
Another decision made was to adopt a uniform sign standard for the city’s parks. Future signage will be similar to the new 18 Oaks sign, which includes inset wording on a sign suspended between capped concrete pillars. As work takes place at city parks -- this year, Kelly Park is slated for an update -- signage will be replaced to reflect the new standard.