West Allis - Mayor Dan Devine and city officials officially unveiled the city’s new playground at Liberty Heights Park, 1540 S. 62nd St., on Tuesday.
It is one of three community parks that the city has invested more than $1.3 million this year to improve neighborhood recreational amenities.
Liberty Heights Park got new playground equipment with rubber surfacing underneath, new basketball hoops and paved courts, new tennis courts featuring the city’s first pickleball courts, and a skate board area.
The mayor spoke and a ribbon cutting was held. He was accompanied by local elementary school students, elected officials, neighborhood residents, and community leaders.
“In May, the city’s Common Council adopted a Comprehensive Park & Outdoor Recreation Plan for 2016-2020. The plan identified Liberty Heights Park as needing new playground equipment, among other suggested improvements. I’m very pleased with the end result and investment into this family neighborhood,” Devine said in a news release announcing the opening.
The improvements at Liberty Heights Park cost $564,203 and were supported by an allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds provided by the city of West Allis through an entitlement grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“The neighborhood has requested park improvements to Liberty Heights Park for many years, and I could not be happier with the new playground equipment and improved facilities,” said Alderman Vince Vitale of the 1st District.
Playground improvements are also under way at Veterans Park at 70 Street and National Avenue, with a $241,000 allocation of CDBG funds. The park will reopen to the public soon.
Utilizing a creative financing program, the city is investing $528,000 into Reservoir Park at 96th and Lapham streets. Reservoir Park will reopen in late October or early November.
Alderman Michael Czaplewski of the 1st District added, “These CDBG-funded park improvements are a great investment that will excite our neighborhood children and these projects attract residents to the future development abutting the Farmers Market, just three blocks away.”
Park improvements were designed by Ayres Associates, playground equipment was supplied by Gerber Leisure Products, and park improvements were constructed by Bluemel’s Maintenance Services, Inc.