Herald-Whig

Park District accepts funding for two projects

Kasey Schuster shows the Quincy Park Board a drawing of two basketball courts Wednesday night. The courts will be installed at Berrian Park this spring with funds raised by LifePoint Church. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 13, 2020 12:10 am Updated: Feb. 13, 2020 12:16 am

QUINCY — The Quincy Park District will move forward with $125,000 in projects at South and Berrian parks this spring that will be paired with private funds.

The Quincy Park Board agreed Wednesday to allow LifePoint Church to raise $75,000 for two new basketball courts in Berrian Park and accept a $50,000 grant from the J.M. Huber Corp. for the purchase of a universal fitness station for South Park.

Park district officials said they were approached by LifePoint about raising money to build two new courts in Berrian Park, along with accessible sidewalks and bleacher pads.

Kasey Schuster, who presented the LifePoint proposal, said the two lighted courts would be side-by-side with a concrete base and a Versacourt playing surface.

"It's like a rubber court coating," Schuster said.

"It actually comes in squares. It's similar to what they use at Gus Macker, but it's more permanent."

The current court will be removed as part of the project.

"The court is not in great shape," Schuster said. "It's probably the most used court in Quincy, and it floods every time it rains."

Rome Frericks, executive director of the Quincy Park District, said he thought the district doesn't have a rotating schedule for basketball court work; Berrian Park's basketball court likely was up for improvements in the next couple years.

Mike Bruns, director of recreation, also mentioned that an additional court would allow the district to offer more basketball programming in the park.

The district applied for the Huber Community Funding Grant after the district was contacted by an employee with the company.

It was awarded the grant because of its close proximity to two Huber facilities, which employ more than 230 people.

The grant will cover the cost of a fitness station, as well as the installation of a sidewalk.

The fitness station would be similar to the fitness station installed last fall in Bob Mays Park and plans call for it to be installed in June.

The district also plans to install a fitness station in Moorman Park if funding becomes available.

In other business, the Park Board approved a $16,800 contract with Derhake Bros. to replace a culvert in Wavering Park at 39th Street. The deterioration of the culvert has caused the road to fail.

Work is expected to be completed before the park reopens to vehicles this spring.