The Altus Recreation Advisory Board Committee, and the City Recreation Department have been working hard on construction projects for Missile Park located on Katy Drive.
At a recent meeting, guest Daryl Lee presented the idea of forming an adult basketball league in the city gym to be held May through July. The board asked Lee questions in reference to what the expectations of the city would be, legalities, manpower, costs, rules and procedures. No action was taken but the board invited Lee to attend the April meeting. Chairperson Candice Willingham will meet with city attorney Catherine Coke for answers to liability and laws concerning the league.
The committee heard an update from city staff Teresa Jameson and Freddy Perez on Missile Park projects.
Missile Park has already completed short-term, as well as some long term projects including electrical issues, water leaks, and new scoreboards. They have also sprayed fields, cleaned and sanitized bathrooms, installed new toilets, new doors, installed new tempered glass windows in the central concession stand and tower, as well as painted bleachers, the scorekeepers stands, gatekeeper booths and awnings.
Jameson said that there are 166 lights at Missile Park and warranties, price quotes, lifespan on bulbs and ballasts are currently being researched. “I feel positive about having the whole ballpark using LED lights,” said Jameson. She added that she and Perez are working as a team, “A lot of work is in motion,” she said. “because it’s all about the kids.”
Players, parents, coaches and fans will see a lot of improvements this season including the new fencing, landscaping, dugout tops and other construction.
Park projects will be completed in phases. Phase one targets field four and the south stretch. Phase two will be work on the east and north gate, and phase three focuses on field one. Safety issues played a role in the decision of where to start work first. Future projects will include striping of the parking lot, removal of stumps, gravel placement, yellow fence guards across the top of the fences, additional handicap signs and solar lights.
The Recreation Board also voted to close the Recreation CD at Midfirst Bank in the amount of $21,300.53 and add to the funds that will be needed to complete the current Missile Park projects.
Perez informed the board of a recent water leak at Kiwanis Park and the City Water Department quickly repaired the problem.
Board member Tatum Gallagher said April 16 will be Paint Day for the community to volunteer and help paint Missile Park.
Board member Brett Willey has also been researching pricing on materials for improvements on city tennis courts. Willey said several community members as well as Sherwin Williams, have stressed interest in helping with labor.
Board and council member Dr. Rick Henry praised and thanked everyone for their hard in helping the city’s sports programs.
Their next meeting is scheduled for April 11.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 1277