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Cottonwood Shores upgrading parks, including playscape and more trees

Aspen Park in Cottonwood Shores

The city of Cottonwood Shores is celebrating the new year with park upgrades, including a playscape at Aspen Park. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

The playscape for Cottonwood Shores’ Aspen Park is expected to arrive shortly after the first of the year.

“We’re waiting two or three weeks (for it) to arrive,” said Andrea Stephens during the City Council meeting Dec. 16. Stephens is the city’s Parks Committee chairwoman. 

Once the equipment arrives, public works department staff will assemble and install the playscape at the park, 4101 Lakeview Drive.

A local couple is donating a 500-foot wrought-iron fence to border the park, Stephens said. Once the area is cleared for its installation, she will schedule a community work day.

Those aren’t the only upgrades in the works for the city’s parks. Stephens also gave an update on Noah Thompson Park, 4131 Lakeview Drive, which had cedar trees removed.

“We can now look at parking,” she said. “It’s something we’ll address in 2022.” 

Financial Officer and Grant Administrator Karrie Cummings told the council she submitted an application to the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Steps Forward Day program to assist with park improvements. The LCRA partners with entities in its service area on projects that benefit communities. The authority has scheduled an employee-volunteer project work day for April 1.

“We asked them if they can help us plant trees and (provide) up to $1,000 to help pay for them,” she said. “We’ll plant them at Aspen.”

The city is looking at globe willow trees, bigtooth maple trees, and seedless cottonwood trees for the project.

jfierro@thepicayune.com