The city of Beatrice Public Properties Department has had a busy summer. The department has helped support the parks, the Big Blue Water Park, the dog run, the ball fields and other locations for great summer activities.

On June 16, Beatrice was hit by a major wind storm. Storm damage throughout the park system was substantial. Due to the storm, the city of Beatrice removed 62 damaged trees from city parks. There are still many trees that need attention. This winter, many of the remaining damaged trees will be trimmed.

Keep Beatrice Beautiful has received three separate grants for trees. The grants total $20,000 and will be used to plant new trees at Riverside Park, at the Scott Street ball fields and along the Chief Standing Bear Trail. A total of 145 trees are scheduled to be planted using the grant funds.

One of the biggest projects this summer wasn’t all that visible to the public. The Beatrice Municipal Auditorium was in need of a few major updates. A new Firestone Tapered Roof System was installed. Along with the roof, building repairs and masonry restoration on the north and east sides were also completed. The masonry restoration consisted of brick removal, repair and repointing. Once complete, windows and lentils were painted and the parapet caps were also caulked and sealed.

Coming up in the next week, Pavers Construction will be laying new asphalt on the two existing gravel roads at Chautauqua Park. Once complete, the Public Properties Department will pave the sidewalk to the picnic shelter to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Installation of a new soccer field at Riverside Park is currently in process. Irrigation and seeding will be completed this fall. The field will be open to all soccer teams in the area to practice and play games.

There are several upcoming projects slated for this fall, winter and next spring.

The first project is the completion of Chief Standing Bear Trail from south Sixth Street going north to the Trailhead Park shelter on Second Street, across from the Gage County Historical Society Museum.

Another project is training and exercise equipment for the Big Blue Dog Park. The city of Beatrice was one of 20 cities awarded a PetSafe Brand $5,000 grant. A total of 217 cities applied for this grant, and more than $275,000 was awarded for off-leash dog parks.

The next big upcoming project will be a new ADA playground, shelter, parking area and sidewalks at Hannibal Park, near the new ball fields that were constructed in 2016. The new parking area will have 65 parking stalls at the northeast end of the park.

The city of Beatrice Public Properties Department hopes you have had a great summer and that you will get out this fall to enjoy many of our great parks and facilities.


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