Park board has new member

PLYMOUTH — Laura Mann was sworn in as a new Plymouth Park Department board member Monday evening during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting. Mann is replacing Ted Brown, who resigned. Her term will end December 2014.
“I have two children who have used the park all their lives,” said Mann following the meeting. “I want to see (the park) continue to be well maintained, flourish and grow.”
Mann said that she is excited about the new River Park Square, the all-inclusive park being planned by Anthony Gamble, and in general, “more opportunities for residents of the city.”
The park board also heard an update on River Park Square Monday from Nate Bosch with the Troyer Group. Bosch reviewed features discussed and agreed upon from a stakeholder meeting held July 12. Some of the features he mentioned included benches, trash receptacles, and an entryway sign for the park.
“We want to try to compliment and match (the rest of the city) as much as possible,” said Bosch, noting that lighting could be found to match the globe-style lights found in downtown Plymouth.
Bosch also presented the board with a printout of Phase 1 of the park and a preliminary cost sheet. Park attorney Sean Surrisi said that the Redevelopment Commission plans to make offers to owners of property in the River Park Square area during a meeting August 21.
“We hope to get swiftly along with closing on those properties,” said Surrisi.
Mayor Mark Senter, who was in attendance, commented that the city Board of Public Works and Safety would be handling street name changes relating to River Park Square, and that the board would discuss that at their next meeting August 13.
Park board president Dave Morrow noted that there have been public and stakeholder meetings about the new park, and that the board could now speak up with any further questions they might have. Since there was no more discussion, the board unanimously approved the preliminary design of River Park Square.
In other business:
• Anthony Gamble gave an update on the all-inclusive park he and a group is planning for the city.
“We’ve made a little bit of progress, not a lot,” said Gamble.
He said that the group had decided on a location: Founder’s Park behind the Coffee Lodge. They had also discussed running a fundraiser during the Blueberry Festival by charging for usage of restrooms at Bill Nixon field. The park board approved their fundraiser, saying that Gamble first had to get a list of volunteers approved by park superintendent Mike Hite.