TROY — Troy’s Mayor Michael Beamish has requested a city council committee meeting to discuss improvements to Duke Park.
According to a press release, the improvements includes six baseball and softball fields, an 18-hole miniature golf course, three soccer fields and a splash pad. Other proposed components include a new park maintenance building and concession/storage areas in the central part of Duke Park. Three large soccer fields and another park entrance would be added to the south.
The request included input from city auditor John Frigge and mayor-elect and council member at-large Robin Oda.
The improvements would be limited to Duke Park only, have the majority of the costs funded by current revenues and resources, and the support and “buy-in” from community partners, the park board, recreation board, Troy Soccer Club and Troy Junior Baseball organizations and include staff support once amenities are constructed, according to the press release.
The proposal request was pared down from the 2017 Duke Park improvements proposed as part of Operation Recreation 2020 levy, which was defeated at the polls.
On Tuesday, Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington said more details about financing and costs would be available at the end of the week when council receives its committee packet and report. The proposal does not include a Miracle League baseball field for children with disabilities, which was part of the initial 2017 plan. Titterington said the organization has since disbanded.
The press release states, “A group of interested stakeholders approached Mayor Beamish, Mayor-elect Robin Oda and City Auditor John Frigge about supporting an initiative. Their message was clear that Troy’s youth have suffered through yet another season highlighted by flooding at Knoop Fields, with many practices and games cancelled this spring. The group also emphasized that Troy families clearly see Duke Park as the crown jewel of Troy’s park system and want more amenities and recreational activities there.”
“These are the types of visionary ideas that Troy has long been known for. In my 16 years as mayor, we have been very careful to emphasize safety, cultural events and recreational activities as amenities to attract a strong workforce. Here is a unique opportunity to use those funds to offset two-thirds of the costs of improvements that will further cement Troy’s reputation as a premium destination to live, work and visit,” Beamish said.
Mayor-elect Robin Oda said, “The Troy we are experiencing today is the result of people in the past looking forward and planning for us. We have the opportunity to do the same now, with community input. This plan has been significantly pared down from the previous proposal, and yet accomplishes many of the same goals — recreation for generations of families to enjoy together and individually through the years, starting now. It addresses the current needs, timing, and wishes expressed in the public survey. I’m looking forward to upcoming discussions regarding the development of the Duke Park property. Investing in our community and families … the most important commodities we have.”
Beamish will request city council review the committee’s recommendations as soon as possible, according to the release.
More information and details are available by contacting the Mayor’s Office at (937) 335-1725.