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The Carthage Press
  • City to host third parks meeting

  • The last in a series of three public meetings to visualize what Carthage's parks could look like in the future will be held from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. today at Carthage Memorial Hall.
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  • The last in a series of three public meetings to visualize what Carthage's parks could look like in the future will be held from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. today at Carthage Memorial Hall.
    This is the third in the series.
    Students from Drury University's Center for Community Studies have compiled information gathered from the first two meetings and they're putting that together into a report that will be presented to the Carthage City Council in December.
    People who attend todays meeting will see a draft of that report and be asked to help the student finalize it.
    Students have come up with concepts for what could be done in the city's parks system to make it more attractive and useful to residents.
    Carthage's park system includes Municipal Park and the golf course; Kellogg Lake Park; Central Park; Carter Park; Griggs Park, and the Fair Acres Sports Complex. It also includes the undeveloped Freer Park at Centennial Avenue and Buena Vista Street; the entrance to the Ruby Jack walking and biking trail on Old Route 66 Boulevard just west of the golf course, and the Walnut Bottoms area along the Spring River north of town.
    The city has plans to develop a biking trail in the Walnut Bottoms area.
    The Carthage City Council created a Carthage Parks and Recreation Visioning and Advisory Committee to work with the Drury University students to create a vision for Carthage's parks.
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