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Brookfield village trustees on Monday will be asked to get behind another federal grant application, this time to support roughly $500,000 in improvements to Kiwanis Park.
If trustees give the go-ahead at their regular business meeting on June 25, village staff by the end of next week will submit an application seeking a $250,000 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant. Brookfield would be required to match that amount to get the work completed.
Prior to the board's regular meeting on Monday night, the board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., to detail what the plan entails, and gather input from trustees and residents.
Since 2007, Brookfield has used a pair of OSLAD grants to help complete more than $2 million in improvements at Jaycee/Ehlert Park on the village's south side. This is the first time the board's attention will be turned to Kiwanis Park, which plays host to village-sponsored events each year such as Battle of the Bands and the Fourth of July celebration and other large private gatherings.
A master plan document completed June 19 by Hitchcock Design Group, which has been responsible for designing improvements at Ehlert Park, details what officials hope to accomplish at Kiwanis Park.
A key element of the plan is to upgrade the band stage from the present small, uncovered platform to a covered band shell with natural amphitheater-style seating framed by shade trees. That element of the plan is projected to cost almost $140,000.
"There's been lots of talk the last few years about the deplorable condition of the stage," said Assistant Village Manager Keith Sbiral. "We've laid out a program that I think ...would really give a face-lift to Kiwanis."
Other aspects of the plan include the installation of two sand volleyball courts near the smaller baseball diamond, a renovated basketball court and horseshoe area. Other amenities in the plan include a loop walking path with fitness stations, a five-hole disc golf course, bean bag courts and improvements to the picnic area.
The improvements immediately north of the commuter parking lot behind the village hall would more clearly designate the area as a pedestrian zone. The rather unfinished nature of that area has led some people to use it as vehicle access to the park pavilion for loading and unloading items. The change would likely prevent that behavior, which is not allowed, but happens sometimes anyway.
Trustees on Monday will have to decide whether they want to move ahead with the plan and how to fund the project over the next couple of years if the village wins the grant.
Brookfield would likely receive notification of any grant award in early 2013, and could decide to spread the construction over a couple of years to ease its impact on the budget.
"If we split it over the 2013 and 2014 budgets, it's probably doable," Sbiral said.