Craig With Craig's condensed building season, any construction projects have a finite window to get done.
The beautification park project on Lincoln Street south of Victory Way is one example of construction on hold.
Originally, Craig Parks and Recreation Department officials planned to have the park built before winter last year.
Unfortunately, said Dave Pike, Parks and Recreation director, city crews couldn't install water lines until November, and by then snow was on the ground and crews wouldn't have been able to lay sod before heavier snows came.
The park will be a boon for Craig when it's built, Pike said.
"That's one of the main entrances to town and has always been an eyesore for years and years," he said. "It's been a weed patch and had junk cars on it for years and years."
Craig resident Emilyn Young gave the .63-acre lot to the city in 1986 with the intention it be used for Parks and Recreation services.
Craig City Councilor Joe Herod said he considers the project a top priority for Pike's department, as well as a hike and bike trail from Sunset Elementary to the Ridgeview subdivision on the west side of town.
"My priorities right now are we need to finish our walking trail and that park right now, that's first," he said. "My thing is I'm getting flak from the citizens about why the walking trail hasn't been done and the park, either."
Herod added he doesn't understand why the Council approved $20,000 to hire consultants for a proposed recreation center campaign when the park and trail are not finished.
"The rec center, to me right now, isn't a priority," he said.
Parks and Recreation staff are intent on finishing the park this year but have other priorities for the summer, Pike said.
"We ordered all the irrigation, but we've had other projects take priority over those," he said. "Consequently, we are not going to tackle that project until after Centennial stuff is done."
A mix of high-profile Craig Centennial Celebration projects, the annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous and city sports leagues have taken hold of the summer, Pike said.
Mayor Don Jones said that's as it should be.
"All our major crowd-pleasers are going to take precedence over the park," Jones said. "We need to make sure those are done right for everyone who comes out, and then we'll get the park completed right in line.
"Good things take time."
Pike said he plans to have department personnel start on the park later this month. Crews will put in sidewalks, with a walking path through the park, sod grass and move some woodcarvings there from City Park.
Parks and Recreation has fewer programs in the fall compared to the summer, and the department should have the project completed before winter since utilities are not a problem.
The hike and bike trail should be completed this year, as well, Jones said. Crews have a stretch about two city blocks long behind the Golden Arms Apartments that needs to be laid before the trail is completely done.
The city had to install and cover a storm drain pipe before laying the trail on top.
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