Two new amenities — one of which has been in the works for close to a decade — will be coming to two Bangor parks this year, provided budgets and building plans are approved.
Bangor Parks and Recreation has submitted a budget request to the city to convert the unused tennis courts at Williams Park on Newbury Street into pickleball courts, as part of its 2019-20 fiscal year budget.
The department is also in the final stages of preparing Hayford Park on Thirteenth Street for the building of a long-awaited new skate park, to replace the skate park that has been located just off Union Street since 2011.
“These are both things that will offer new amenities and important upgrades for people in our community,” Director Tracy Willette said.
The new skate park has been in the works for years. The Union Street location was supposed to be a temporary location for the park when it was forced to move from its original location at Bass Park, when the Cross Insurance Center was being built between 2011 and 2013. Many of the wooden ramps at the Union Street location are falling apart, and the location offers almost no shade during hot summers, and no easy access to public restrooms.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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