Park Board looks toward future

Ken Eldridge

LDR photos/Aaron Jennings

Lebanon Park Board member Ken Eldridge speaks during the Wednesday meeting about the future of Atchley Park.

As several of Lebanon’s parks continue to get upgrades, the Lebanon Park Board is looking ahead to projects that won’t begin construction for several years.

At the board’s monthly meeting Wednesday, Parks Director John Shelton introduced a “rough, rough” draft of future additions for Atchley Park. The additions will be made to the open section of the park near the Indian Creek Drive entrance. The rough draft shows a new shelter, a new concession stand and restroom facility, a handful of soccer fields and a large parking lot.

Three of the soccer fields are regulation size, and two of them are designed for youth games. But Shelton says many things on the draft could change in the months to come.

“The print that I showed today is just a visual that will give the board a better idea of what we are thinking. By no means is this a final draft. I’m scared to even call it a rough draft. We like what we see, but there is a lot more things that we want to add, and a few corrections here and there,” Shelton said. “The main idea is there. We’ve got some great space we can use, but we want to make sure everything is perfect before we say this is what we are going to like. We’re going to work on it and make it a little clearer as we go. We’ve heard from the public, and now we are waiting to see what the board wants to do.”

One potential addition not on the first draft is a new amphitheater. Shelton says the amphitheater is nearly every board members’ favorite addition to Atchley Park, and he believes the park board can construct it for a decent price.

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