Skate Park

The city of Washington Parks Department is staying busy with several projects, including the new skate park.

The summer is in full swing, and the Washington Parks Department is keeping busy with several projects and maintenance work.

According to Darren Dunkle, parks director, the all-abilities park near Lions Lake is slowly moving forward, after a wet spring hindered progress.

Crews are finishing site grading and doing storm sewer work. Work on a retaining wall should begin in the next week, Dunkle said.

“We are making some good strides at this point,” he said.

The parks department recently went out to bid for security cameras at the parks and recreations office, public works building, Optimist Park and the team track. No bids were received, so the department will have to go out to bid again in the coming weeks.

Judges with America in Bloom are scheduled to arrive in Washington July 10. The parks department is working to spruce up landscaping.

Washington Town and Country Fair queen candidates planted at the welcome to Washington sign Friday, June 28. Other volunteers and the America in Bloom committee also planted and worked on landscaping at various locations.

The riverfront trail, which was covered in water during and had to be closed because of flooding, is now clear and usable.

Branches and mud still line the trail.

“We are still waiting for everything to dry out before we can make more progress,” said Dunkle, adding that the ground is still soft and wet.

Branches will be removed, as well as silt and mud that was deposited in the area. The trail will have to be regraded.

Dunkle said the trail hasn’t been regraded since about 1995 because of flooding.

The parks department also sponsors Camp Washington, which has about 130 children enrolled. Campers spend the day at the main park and Agnes Nolting Aquatics Complex.

Camp and pool activities are going well, Dunkle said.

Big Driver golf course has been affected by the weather, but overall operations are going well, he said. The course is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.

The skate park, which was opened at the end of May, also is going well, he added.

Dunkle said there has been good attendance during operating hours. The city has not received any reports of injuries at the park.