The Oakland Town Commission gave its nod of approval to the proposed master plan for Speer Park at its Feb. 25 meeting.
The town hired a consulting firm, CPWG, last year to help create the plan. In September, a community meeting was held to get input from residents regarding what they would like to see in the park. The town held a work session, and CPWG took the suggestions and provided a final draft.
Town Manager Steve Koontz said there are no major changes to the park.
“We are renovating and rehabbing what we have there,” he said at Tuesday’s meeting.
A rendering of the Speer Park plan was presented to commissioners. Koontz said there are two changes: the restrooms on the north side will be moved further east with a sidewalk extension veering off from the existing gazebo, and a junior baseball court will be built beside the existing half court on the park’s south side.
Koontz shared a list of recommended projects for the park, to be completed based on funding availability. These include an overall park maintenance plan, tree maintenance plus a replacement and planting plan, removal of old and broken furnishings and the addition of new ones, landscaping, updated signage, playground replacement, a butterfly garden, buildout of sidewalk plan, renovation of the tennis courts and new pickleball court, and the addition of a pavilion to the west side.
The commission gave Koontz authorization to move forward with executing the elements from the project list as funding allows.