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Parks and Rec Committee discusses and backs new park


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Though no official action, members of the Roswell Parks and Recreation Committee at their Monday night meeting said they back a plan to construct a new park to service residents that live between South and Southeast Main streets.

The proposed park would be on 2.5 acres that was part of the old Chisum Elementary School and was acquired by the city years ago with the aim of establishing a park, according to a resolution presented to committee members. The project would cost an estimated $90,000.

The resolution was written by Councilor Barry Foster. Roswell Parks and Recreation Director Jim Burress said Foster wanted the proposal brought up to the committee to see if all its members had “positive feelings” about it before official action is taken.

Right now, the nearest park for those residents is Daniel Carpenter Park on the east side of Main Street and requires people who walk there cross a five-lane highway to reach it, Burress said.

“I have to say that at this point, this is probably the only place in the city of Roswell that still needs a park,” he said.

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Committee Chair Jane Ann Oldtrup said the playground is needed.

Councilor Jacob Roebuck, who was at the meeting, said the resolution will next move to the General Service Committee for consideration and a vote. If approved, the issue would then be taken up by the full council.

He added that money for the project would likely come from the city’s general fund and will not affect any items that have already been budgeted.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.