St. Joseph's city council took its first look at some possible plans for the total renovation of Hyde Park Monday afternoon.
At a scheduled work session, the design firm of Ellison Auxier showed council members three different plans. One showed a renovated park with a new swimming pool, another with a new splash pad water feature and a third that showed a combination of the two.
All three proposals included a combination of a wide variety of other features, including new basketball and tennis courts, a community center, climbing rock, modern swing sets and even mini-trampolines.
"Whether it's the splash pad, the pickleball courts, bocci, an amphitheater, walking paths, whatever, I think it's going to be a great improvement for the park," said Chuck Kempf, director for the Parks and Recreation Department. "I think it's also going to add to the thought that the baseball park will become a destination for tournaments."
No price tag has been put on any of the plans.
The council approved forwarding the pool/splash pad combo idea forward to the Community Improvement Project Committee. The Hyde Park plan will be one of several proposals the committee will take into consideration when it enters into the next CIP funding phase in 2019. A 1/2 cent voter-approved sales tax collects about $5 million per year to go toward capital improvement projects.