More Parks

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

Right now Purcell's the most popular, but, with these improvements, that could change.

"Hi Daddy!" Cade Gravely says.

"He's a rambunctious three-year-old and I'm trying to tire him out," says M.C. Gravely.

One of Harrisonburg's parks is a great place to take him, 85 percent of people asked rated them good to excellent.

"There's just so many activities in this kids castle-he can explore-get a little bit of exercise," Gravely says.

Now the parks going to get even better.

"We have to change along with the population of Harrisonburg as it grows and keep up with the needs and wants of the community," David Wigginton says.

One of those needs is this skate park at Westover...another big part of the plan is to expand east of interstate 81.

"We're going to put a swimming pool or rec. center over there just provide more facilities on that side," Wigginton says.

And add few more fields and a dog park here at Smithland Road. Hilllendale Park is also in for some expansion

"The main designs for that is passive recreation just open play areas, picnic shelter areas walking trails no team sports," Wigginton says.

Taxpayer will pay for these improvements, but it could be over the course of 20 years...and Wigginton says it's important to the community.

"It's a quality of life issue and we feel like we have some of the best facilities in the state here in Harrisonburg," Wigginton says.

The final plan should be done early next year. Some projects, like the skate park will be finished in the spring, other could still be years down the road.

If you'd like to weigh in, there will be more public hearings in the next few months.

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