Rolla Is Ready for New Park
The city just bought 108 acres to build what it calls a new public services park.
If Rolla can find the money, it will build facilities to house an animal shelter, the sanitation department and a recycling center. City officials say they could better use the location of the current public works park.
"We're thinking that the property could be better served with some commercial-type establishment," explained Director of Public Works Steve Hargis. "We're partnering with the state highway department to redo the interchange at highways 63 and 44, which would give pretty much direct access to the site."
One Rolla resident says it's too soon to know if the park will be a success.
"I haven't given it much thought yet," admitted Ronnie Henson. "It's a new thing, and the public is not aware of it yet."
Rolla expects to complete the first stage of development this year. City officials gave no cost estimate for the project.