Streator parks board pushes to complete Central Park project

STREATOR – Streator’s Parks and Open Spaces advisory board is recommending that funds appropriated for Central Park be carried over next year to complete restoration plans. During public comment at October’s Parks and Open Spaces meeting, a resident inquired of the status of Central Park upgrades. Last year Streator’s city council approved plans to install new playground equipment, curbing, off street parking and sidewalk with $40,000 set aside. According to Director of Public Works Larry Hake, $19,000 was appropriated for equipment and the remainder used to complete sidewalks and street work. Hake says the city has not had enough man power to upgrade the playground portion and prioritized other major projects. The department is currently in the process of weighing out prices for equipment and installation. It’s up to the city council to allow the 2019 funds for Central Park be rolled over into the next fiscal year.