The Hampton city council and Henry County Board of Commissioners approved upgrades at local parks in December. The improvements cover McBrayer Park and Hidden Valley Park.
Hampton Skate Park
First, the Hampton city council approved the install of a new skate park area at McBrayer Park. Mr. Kelob Branch, a local teenager, spoke before the council in 2018 requesting the skate park and city youth helped design it.
American Ramp Company of Joplin, MO will complete the install at a cost not to exceed $130,000. Improvements include drainage work, a connecting sidewalk, and benches.
During the meeting, the city’s youth council presented their idea for a mural in the park. Students in the Class of 2021 at Hampton High School will participate in the mural’s completion. Mayor Hutchison pledged $250 towards art supplies for the project from discretionary spending.
Hidden Valley Park
Next, Hidden Valley Park off Fairview Road will receive upgrades. The board of commissioners approved the contract on December 1. The project includes new pickle ball courts and renovating the four existing tennis courts.
The contract was awarded to McGrath Industries DBA Talbot Tennis of Marietta, Ga for $207,926.00. Capital project financing, approved by the board in August, is funding the project.
The two pickle ball courts will be constructed at the site of the old basketball court. The county removed the court earlier in the year.
Countywide Parks Improvements
Finally, the Henry County capital project financing includes approximately $5 million dollars for parks improvements. Purchasing documents are being prepared before bidding out the following:
- Fence repairs
- Tennis Courts resurfacing
- Pickle Ball Courts
- Replace netting
- Parking lot improvements
- Lighting upgrades
- Concession upgrades / replacements
The county manager may approve any bids received less than $50,000. Small improvements, like netting or fence repairs, generally are below the threshold.
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