A young man, left, performs an aerial stunt at the Light Park skate park Saturday afternoon. The skate park had quite an extensive planning session, thanks to Recreation Director Gary Scott. All Light Park renovations are coming right along, Parks Director Bill Houk said. He added city staff hopes for a mild winter so work can continue throughout the winter. Daily Leader photo/Jessica Crawford
By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
Yet another improvement has been made available for the City of Liberal through the 1-cent sales tax – the Light Park renovations. City staff is thankful voters have passed the continuation of the tax that has been a part of Liberal for the past 16 years. Since the Nov. 2 vote, the tax is guaranteed to be around for another 10 years.
Parks Director Bill Houk has received some calls from concerned citizens regarding a shelter located in Light Park. City staff has recently removed the roof of the stone shelter in an effort to make much needed improvements. Houk would like to put fears to rest, the shelter is not coming down – it is just receiving a face lift.
“On our shelter, we have torn the roof off,” Houk said. “People are getting excited that we are tearing the shelter down. We just want to assure people that we are not tearing it down. We are just renovating it and putting a new roof and all on it. It is the stone shelter.”
The skate park is nearly complete, Houk said. And it is quite possible to catch a show from local skateboard enthusiasts when school is not in session.
“It looks like the skate park is just pretty much complete, and hopefully, the multi-purpose court will be done within the next couple of weeks,” he said.
Irrigation plans are currently underway for Light Park. As the park is not completely finished, Houk said he and city staff hope for a mild winter so work can continue throughout the cooler months of the year.
“We are getting ready to start putting irrigation in,” he said. “We are really hoping for a mild winter so we can finish the park up.”
Houk added that in an effort to add some color throughout the city, anyone interested in donating chrysanthemums, or mums, that have not yet been permanently planted are welcome to call and he will take them off their hands. Houk can be reached at the Parks Department at 626-0132.
“We are so excited to be finishing up some projects,” Houk said. “We just want Liberal to look nice, and it is really beginning to.”