Evart City Council approves grand funding application

EVART — A grant request of $84,000 to update playground in Riverside West Park will be voted on at the city council meeting on March 5.

The council discussed a request of $33,450 from the state as a recreation passport grant. The grant requires the city of Evart to  contribute a labor for the project in the amount of $20,550 and match $30,000 of the grant in cash.

The proposal will fund Phase One of the Riverside West master plan, which will include a renovation of the current park to include  playground equipment to create a playground in north park area for kids age 5-12.

“We need some playground equipment, and it all needs to be updated,” City Manager Zack Szakacs said.

The city will remove existing swingsets that are not up to code, and will add a rope climber, slide and other playground structures. Phase one is the first of six phases total in the master plan that Szakacs expects to take four or five years.

The deadline for the passport grant application is April 1, and the city hopes to move forward with project plans in spring 2013.

  • In other news, council members observed a lighting display of street lights to potentially replace lights in downtown Evart.
  • Council members also discussed potential change of duties for park hosting position in Riverside West.
  • Designs of a proposed structure to replace a house that burned down in 2011 in Riverside East Park — the Duffy House — were also discussed. The city contracted a company called DK Designs to design a pavillion with recreation storage. Plans were also discussed to construct a structure near the cemetery. An approved design must be submitted to the insurance company by March 27.