Columbia City Council to vote on hearing for McKee Street Park

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is set to decide Monday night on whether or not to approve July 5th, 2016 as a public hearing date for improvements to McKee Street Park. 

Some of the improvements being discussed include tearing down and building a new playground, installing more lights in the area, building a new shelter and improving ADA accessibility. 

For Dodd J. Fedrick, who lives right next to the park, he believes the improvements to McKee Street Park are necessary. 

"The park doesn't close till 11 o'clock at night. It would be a good thing if people can go to the park and hang out. There's a lot of kids in this neighborhood and they take advantage of that park almost everyday," Fedrick said. 

The project would be funded by a special sales tax that Columbia residents voted on.

"Columbia residents have expressed their support for our parks system in addition to supporting some general funds that go to maintain our parks and provide recreation services," Columbia city councilman Ian Thomas said. 

Dodd said the park wouldn't just help the users of the park, but the overall neighborhood. 

"This neighborhood wasn't the best neighborhood five or six years ago and I think its come a long way since then. I think it's going to benefit everyone," Dodd said. 

The budget for the project is about $75,000 with construction beginning later this summer and scheduled to end Spring 2017, if approved.