Park construction might begin Monday
FRISCO – Frisco town officials are waiting for the final go ahead from the postal service before they begin construction for a pocket park at the post office.
“If things go as planned, we’d like to start Monday,” said Rick Higgins, deputy director of Frisco public works.
Higgins seemed optimistic the postal service would approved the proposed park – which would be located half on town-owned land and half on post office property, on the northwest corner of Madison and Main. He said he expects to hear from them shortly.
Though the area for the post office park will be small (approximately half an acre), Higgins said the area should include a water feature, sitting stones, a creative play area for children, drinking fountains (one for humans and one for their four-legged friends), a statue and many flowers – particularly those that attract birds and butterflies.
The water feature will be the focal point of the park.
“We’re really wanting to make some noise with the water,” Higgins said and quipped, “maybe it will drown out the noise from the intersection.”
The park also will include a garden area in memory of Sandy Wagner – whose family has committed $5,000 for what will be known as Sandy’s Garden. It will feature native perrenials and a statue, called “Lady in the Garden,” also funded by the Wagner family.
“Apparently, Sandy was quite the gardener,” Higgins said. The statue is not scheduled to be installed until the spring.
The Frisco Arts Council received a $9,000 grant from the Summit Foundation for the new park – which will cost approximately $70,000, Higgins said.
Town officials had planned to hire local contractors for the park’s construction, but since the final cost estimate was higher than expected, the town’s public works department will perform most of the work, he said.
If construction begins Monday, the park should be completed by mid-or-late October, Higgins said.
“Just in time to shut everything down,” he said, and laughed.
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