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Future Algood Park Moving To Phase One

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader

The city of Algood is moving forward with the first phase for its future 21 acre park.

The city council approved a design contract to begin planning in Tuesday’s meeting. City Administrator Keith Morrison said the first phase includes a parking lot, bathroom, walking trail and playground.

“I think it is important for the community to see something on the ground that they can use and make this project move forward,” Morrison said. “I think it will be nice to have something they can go to and enjoy some of the components of the park.”

Morrison said the city is exploring adding an outdoor fitness area into phase one. The five-phase plan totals $12.7 million and will take up to 10-years to complete.

“The design engineer will help us get more specific on what the phase one details look like and how they fit into the overall master plan and handle the bidding and contract with us,” Morrison said. “As well, we are hoping to look for some grants to help do some of the components of the park to help it go a little faster and help the city.”

Morrison said he expects ground to be broken for the first phase in a couple of months. The park property sits at the end of Thompson Lane and Main Street and adjacent to Highway 111.

“I think getting something usable there is a goal for everybody,” Morrison said. “I think everybody is on board with seeing something happen with the park.”

Phases two and three involve site work and construction of a community center. The fourth and fifth phases include the addition of an amphitheater, dog park, and splash pad. The city spent $760,000 to purchase land for the park three years ago.


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