Parks play an important role in our communities. They are often the
facility selected for family reunions, day camps, car shows and the
list goes on. The park in Beattie was rundown and needed improvements.
With community involvement, Beattie PRIDE decided to tackle renovating
their city park.
They started fundraising and pursuing grants. A successful grant
application was submitted to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and
Parks. Beattie PRIDE learned a lot by going through the grant process.
Their eyes were opened to the community’s demographics, economic
trends and the environmental concerns.
With the assistance of the Kansas Forestry Service they laid out a
careful plan for the removal of misplaced trees and the establishment
of a cement walking trail. Trees were taken out to create green space
allowing the remaining trees to thrive.
The old shelter house needed repair so it was decided to sell it by
sealed bid and erect a new one on the old foundation. The park was also
in need of restroom facilities. Grant funds were used to build the
restrooms meeting environmental and sanitary needs.
Playground equipment was also added.
Commemorative bricks were sold to create a “Circle of
Friendship” allowing those who gave monetary support to the
project to be forever remembered.
The park is now a very calming and beautiful place for Beattie.
Children are regularly seen playing on the playground equipment.
Families use the shelter for picnics and the walking trail is used by
all ages. It’s not uncommon to see walkers, joggers, skaters or
bikers out on the trail. The community is physically and mentally
healthier as a result of the park.
Beattie has placed high priority on creating green space within the
community. After renovating the park, they now maintain the park along
with other flower beds around town.
Annual fund raisers include vending machines and concessions at the
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