Additions to the city’s pathways, designs for phase two of Discovery Park and designs for a parking expansion for Heroes Park are part of Meridian’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget.

Meridian’s Finance Department will present a finalized budget to Meridian City Council on July 23. At the hearing Council will decide whether or not to publish the budget for public approval. The budget would go into effect Oct. 1.

PATHWAYS

The proposed budget includes project designs and engineering for two new 10-foot wide, multi-use pathways in Meridian.

The first would run through Chamberlain Estates, on Locust Grove Road just south of Ustick Road, to an existing pathway just northeast of the subdivision.

South Slough Connection

This map shows where the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department is proposing building a 10-foot wide, multi-use pathway.

The other would connect the Five Mile Pathway, adjacent to Five Mile Creek, to Lakes Place along Fairview Avenue.

Meridian Pathway

This map shows the proposed 10-foot, multiuse pathway on Fairview Avenue.

Design and engineering for both projects is estimated to cost $118,000 total and construction is anticipated to begin 2021, said Steve Siddoway, director of the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department.

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DISCOVERY PARK PHASE TWO DESIGN

The first phase of Meridian’s third regional park, Discovery Park, opens to the public July 27. The first phase, on the south side of Lake Hazel Road between Locust Grove and Eagle Roads, is 27 acres. Discovery Park will be 77 acres at full build-out and will be constructed in three phases.

Meridian Parks and Recreation is asking for $715,000 design phase two of Discovery Park. The timeline for constructing phase two will depend on the design of the project and getting funding approved by the city.

Staff anticipate phase two having two to three lit softball fields, additional parking, activities for teens, open grass, pathways and all required road improvements, Siddoway said.

HEROES PARK PARKING EXPANSION DESIGN

The 290 parking spaces in Heroes Park, on Ten Mile Road just south of Chinden Boulevard, tend to fill up during soccer games and other events. That prompts some families to park across the street and run across Ten Mile Road, Siddoway said.

The Meridian Parks and Recreation Department is budgeting $51,000 in the FY2020 budget to design an addition to the parking lot. Staff won’t know how many parking spaces they can add until the new design is done. The timeline for constructing the parking lot will depend on the design of the project and getting funding approved by the city.

Meridian Police Activities League hosting youth sports leagues at the park and is partnering with the city on the project. They have agreed to pay for reimburse the city for half the cost of the project’s design and construction, Siddoway said.

Patty Bowen is the Meridian Press reporter. You can reach her at pbowen@idahopress.com or follow her on Twitter @pattybowenMP.

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