The Sedalia City Council met Monday night and heard an update from retiring Parks & Rec Director Mark Hewett.

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby

Hewett talked about the ongoing renovation of Vermont Park, noting that the walking track is basically done, but the shelter house and restrooms have yet to be completed.

Around $400,000 will be needed to fix the large ditch at Vermont Park. A total of 11 light poles will light up the entire park, Hewett said, adding that he feels like the renovation is more of a neighborhood project, than a park project.

He added that the old Jennie Jaynes property is now free & clear and belongs to Parks & Rec with the final payment of a quarter million dollars made in April.

The lights at Clover Dell need replacing, he noted, adding that the original lights were installed in 1994. A total of 8 shelter houses need maintenance at the various parks. And the Sedalia Concert Band has requested that an amphitheater be built at Liberty Park. These were some of the long-term goals of Parks & Rec.

Hewett said he feels like he is leaving the department in good shape. He also credited maintenance supervisor Dave Moore for his tireless efforts in keeping all the parks up to speed.

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