Parker city leaders, FEMA and National Park Service planning to restore city parks
Hurricane Michael damaged many of the parks in Parker, which is why city leaders held a meeting at Parker Elementary School Tuesday with FEMA and National Park Service officials to find ways to revitalize the parks.
During the meeting locals were able to look at designs, drawings and other plans to rebuild the parks and give feedback.
Locals looked at plans for three parks: Parker Environmental Exploratorium Park, Memorial Park and the Parker Sports Complex.
Parker Mayor Richard Musgrave said they want locals to give comments and suggestions about playground areas, dog parks and other features to add to the park.
Musgrave said the National Park Service and FEMA will help pay to rebuild the parks, which gives them an opportunity to make the parks better than they were before.
"We'll never get a better opportunity than we have right now," said Musgrave. "We got a blank slate and we can take all the ideas and flush them out. The ones that seem the most popular and most doable, that's gonna drive the renovations of all those parks."
Musgrave said they're considering changing the name of the Parker Sports Complex to "Parker Central Park." He said they're also looking at connecting all three parks.
"They can move from PEEP into the Sports Complex," said Musgrave. "Even at the Sports Complex we can have another flashing crossing and they can cross over Business 98 and follow pathways to get to Memorial Park, so we interconnect all three parks."
Musgraves said they are still working to fix up other parks in the city. He hopes to have the sports complex up and running by the end of next year.