Seligman to add walking track, wellness options to city park

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Nichols: 'Everyone's on board with it'

The city of Seligman is looking into adding a walking track and other wellness amenities to the old city park, located off of State Highway DD.

"We requested a ballpark figure of what it might take to set up a one-tenth of a mile track," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. "The cost would be about $6,000 for the dirt work and gravel. We're just waiting for the next year to do something."

Nichols said there is a lot of support for the parks project.

"Everyone's on board with it," he said. "We haven't had a single person come forth and say, 'I think that's a bad idea,' like with the splash pad."

Nichols said now, residents love using the splash pad and seem to appreciate the recreation and novelty it brings to families in the community. Building a walking track is only the start of the city's plans to bring the park up to date and provide family-friendly wellness activities to residents.

"We're already looking into some additional playground equipment, and additional lighting, almost like stadium lighting, to give people more of a sense of security," Nichols said. "[We also want to add] a security and camera system, and water fountain.

"If a family wants to go walk around the track, we want the children to be able to play. We wanted to put playground equipment in the middle, but size-wise we're unsure of that, because of a well on the back of the park. The park is just old. There's a merry-go-round, slide, teeter-totter and swing set. But ideally, they need to be replaced."

Nichols said that Seligman residents drive to Gateway, Ark., to walk around its track, since the city does not have one.

"It's like the field of dreams -- you build it and people come," he said. "It essentially comes down to giving people their quality parks. We have a park tax, so we might as well create some nice parks. I certainly like to go over to the splash pad and the swings with my daughter, and so does everyone else."

The city is also considering putting exercise stations in the park.

"As it looks like interest is growing, we can look at adding more," Nichols said. "There are a lot of options, but we want to do something for the community. I know I enjoy those things. We haven't figured out a budget yet on how much we want to spend. It's still in the early planning stages, but we've got support from the community and the board."

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