Keyes Park Construction Begins

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Crews Begin Improvement Project for Keyes Park 
Construction to renovate Keyes Park at 1345 45½ St began Tuesday and will run through late July or mid-August, weather permitting.

The work will include the construction of two athletic ballfields, two parking lots, trails, a sidewalk, and a play area, as well as site furnishing improvements, planting and restoration, and utility installation. The sliding hill will be retained. 

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The old park was in dire need of improvements, said Kevin Hansen, public works director. The existing athletic fields overlapped, meaning they could not be used at the same time, the park facilities were rundown, and the utilities were out-of-date and in need of repairs, among other concerns.

Keyes Park was the seventh park selected by the Park and Recreation Commission to be renovated under the City’s master planning process.

The City has already implemented park master plan renovations for six parks— LaBelle, Huset Park West (partial renovation), Prestemon, Ramsdell, Silver Lake, and Sullivan. 

Individual park master plans provide the City with a framework for public investments to meet current and future neighborhood and community needs. Keyes is the last park currently scheduled for renovation under the master plan process.