We have an exciting update on the McCoy Park Inclusive Play Project. During the master plan process it was found that Independence is lacking in truly accessible play spaces. There were numerous public meetings held and public McCoy Park design charrettes were conducted. We have begun raising money and to date we have over $900,000 in cash and in kind donations confirmed.
As with any project the parks and recreation department has set forth in investigating conditions of the site prior to construction. A Phase One Environmental Inspection was conducted, 106 Historic Preservation Review is completed and a utilities investigation was called for. The Phase One Inspection proved the soil free of contaminants, the 106 review concluded that no historical property would be damaged and the site is clear of all utilities.
With that in hand Kidwell Construction began the mass grading according to the site plan that was developed by VSR Designs and shared with interested parties on a number of occasions. During the mass grading the contractor was careful to locate the dirt outside the drip lines of the existing trees and protected the surrounding area from erosion runoff. The grading that you see there today will accommodate the Cal Ripken Ability Field and the 5-12 year old section of the Unlimited Play Playground.
Staff is currently researching ways to honor the McCoy Park Neighborhood history such as Hiram Young’s Blacksmith Shop, a tribute to Pettigrew’s account of baseball being played in “The Neck” and more. Staff is also working hard on the landscape plan where native trees, grasses and vegetation will be used, paying careful attention to the plant materials that were present during the days of The Neck.
In other McCoy Park news the NPS wayside has been repaired and it will be back in the park very soon. This winter the city will be replacing the concrete from the pedestrian bridge to the restroom and up through the horseshoe pits.