The Commerce Journal

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June 21, 2014


City council considers splash park

COMMERCE — Another option for repurposing a vacant lot in downtown Commerce was brought to the City Council’s attention during its Tuesday meeting.

Former Commerce Mayor and Councilman John Sands said he had been researching into the cost of installing a small park and water fountain at the lot.  The council was scheduled to discuss considering authorizing City Manager Marc Clayton to move forward with the cost and design options for a splash park at that location. Although a final cost has not been tabulated, Clayton said a splash park would come at a high price.

“Those things don’t come cheap though,” he said.

According to Sands, this option would be cheap and pleasant for people who work downtown, or visitors, to sit, eat and talk.

“I thought this would be a great way to beautify Commerce,” he said. “I just thought in front of the mural would look great. I think it would be a very inexpensive way to have it done.”

Sands said the design of the park would include shrubberies, sidewalks, benches and a small fountain that would be open for children to play in. The fountain would sit in the center of the lot, and would be approximately two-to-three feet in diameter, Sands said.

Considering the new mural painted on a wall adjacent to the lot, having a small park where kids can play and parents can sit and view the mural, Sands said it is something worth considering. An official cost was not put forward, but Sands said he would expect it to be no more than $5,000. The council tabled the discussion and said they will think and deliberate between the two options before reaching a decision.

Options are expected to be discussed during the Aug. 2 budget workshop meeting inside Commerce City Hall at 8:30 a.m.

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