Parks serve an important role in our City; they create safer neighborhoods, provide a space for community engagement and events, and promote public health. For our parks to continue being that resource for De Soto, they need a few upgrades and improvements. The parks segment of the referendum specifically focuses on Miller Park and Riverfest Park.
By collaboration of City residents, the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, and City Staff, the following improvements to Miller Park and Riverfest Park were made a priority.
Replace Outdated Playground Equipment
Some of the current playground equipment is old and needs to be replaced; the bond would give the City the opportunity to install interactive equipment geared towards younger children.
There currently isn’t adequate parking during sporting events held at the park; the referendum would allow the City to create more parking spaces in the southwest corner of Miller Park, where the previous pool was located.
Ball Field IrrigationThis improvement saves on maintenance time and manpower, decreases costs, and increases playability and safety of the ball fields.
Presently, the restrooms at Miller Park are only single stall rooms – one men’s and one women’s. If passed, the building would be expanded to have more stalls available.
As Riverfest grows with amenities and more visitors visit the park, the need for a shelter area increases. There currently aren’t any covered places for people to eat or hold events, and passing the referendum would help fill that need.
Additional Playground Equipment
Riverfest Park has minimal play equipment; with the addition of other park amenities and activities, expanded playground equipment are important to City residents.
Additional security lighting would aid in preserving Riverfest Park against vandalism.
Disc golf is a popular, low-cost leisure activity. The development of a 9-hole disc golf course would be an amenity for all ages.
Awareness is an essential component to help educate the public on our parks; having clear and consistent signage at all parks will help unify and brand our facilities.
Budget dependent, the following signage is prioritized in the referendum:
- Riverfest Park monument sign
- Miller Park monument sign
- Sunflower Park signage
- Wayfinding signage throughout De Soto to help lead the public to our parks
Parks & Signage Timeline