Anonymous donor wants to improve Rock Creek Park

Friday, June 27, 2014

By Rachel Cook

Staff Writer

Lewisburg City Manager Randall Dunn brought the Community Development Board some great news when the group met Tuesday. An anonymous donor is interested in contributing to the improvement of Rock Creek Park. Dunn reportedly met with the donor last week, and they are offering $100,000 for changes to the park. A development plan is being drawn up to map out long-term improvements as well as immediate ones. Some of the plans include underground utilities, renovating the stage, constructing an amphitheatre on the hill facing the stage, and installing a new sound booth in a better location.

Jones Park has been recently improved, Dunn reported, with handicap-accessible picnic tables, new bleachers around the basketball courts, and new grills. Money is being appropriated in order to continue in this direction by installing new concrete paths, a new backstop, improvements to the fences and restrooms, and a better picnic shelter.

There is a rezoning effort in progress, to be affecting North Ellington Parkway, all the way from On the Run Market to the intersection with East Commerce Street. City Manager Dunn hopes for official adoption of the plan in August, so that it can move forward. The rest of the county is being informed and encouraged to adopt similar rezoning and improvement standards.

With all of these construction plans in the works, a few grants for Lewisburg would come in handy, which is why a contract with eCivis is being finalized. This company uses an Internet database to find grant notices from state and private sources, and to show towns and cities which grants they are eligible for. Giving Lewisburg advance notice of what grants are available will allow the city to apply for even more funding.

Finally, the city signs along Highway 373 and the lack of activity around Exit 32 are being made top priorities for the near future. A new city logo is being looked into, to be incorporated into new signs around the entrances and exits to Lewisburg. There are also plans in motion to rebuild the gas station at Exit 32, but lighting issues must be worked out first. Lewisburg Electrical Service is working to estimate the cost of lighting the road in the area, with possible solar energy options to be used.