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The City of Beatrice Public Properties Department has quite a few projects scheduled for this summer season.

The most exciting project for the summer is a new splash pad that will be constructed at Astro Park at 19th and Hoyt streets just north and west of the water tower. A splash pad (or spray pool) is a recreation area with water spraying nozzles of various kinds with little or no standing water.

They are one of the rare recreation opportunities accessible for all ages and abilities. Water play at the splash pad will allow children to explore and interact with other children. It is a great outdoor activity for community and neighborhood residents to interact, meet new people, and encourage physical activity.

Splash pad play areas have little or no depth to the water, making them perfect for anyone regardless of their swimming skills to enjoy cool, wet fun. The splash pad sprays, squirts, dumps water, and random water fountains at different intervals to entertain. This activity will be free to the public.

Another big project is the construction of a new indoor hitting facility at Hannibal Park. The new hitting facility will be approximately 125 feet by 50 feet in size and 16 feet tall. The facility will have 3 batting cages, astro turf, and restrooms. The structure will be completed this fall. The Beatrice Bullets Baseball program and Beatrice Girls Softball Association have both pledged funds to help construct the building. A new rock parking lot will also be constructed near this shelter that will hold around 75 vehicles.

Hannibal Park will also get a new playground structure near the new ballfields constructed in 2016. This new structure will be ADA accessible with rubber matting. Near the playground structure, a 30-foot by 30-foot shelter will also be constructed.

A new rock parking lot will also be constructed near the shelter and playground structure that will hold around 55 vehicles. Sidewalks will be added to connect the north ballfields to the south ballfield complex. The sidewalks will also be constructed to allow for connection to the existing trail system, designed to someday connect with Hannibal Park.

Progress will continue with the Chief Standing Bear Trail as a new concrete trail will be added between the Trailhead Park at 2nd and Court streets, heading south and east to connect to the recently completed trail which ends near the Dempster’s building along south 6th street.

The City of Beatrice – Public Properties Department encourages everyone to get outdoors and visit each of the many City of Beatrice parks, along with the Big Blue Water Park, Big Blue Dog Run, and many other great facilities. Have a great summer.

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