Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dixon unveils ‘Sensory Park’ model

Dixon City Commissioners met Monday night for the regular scheduled meeting.  Mayor Carolyn Townsend opened the meeting by offering a presentation on behalf of the Parks Board.  Townsend introduced the model for the planned Sensory Park, being hailed as a “Park for All Children”. 

The idea of a sensory park provides unique playground equipment for children with disabilities, while still offering fun for all.  Townsend shared the outline for the layout of the park featuring much of the equipment that will be installed.  Although there is no planned completion date, as equipment becomes available it will be installed over time.  She continued by noting that the majority of the cost will be supported by local fundraising events such as the upcoming “Ducky Day” on July 25th from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Baker Park.  This first annual event will feature contests and games, all with a “Ducky Theme”.  Also, T-Shirts are being offered at Townsend’s IGA and the city office for a $10.00 donation.  A meeting for volunteers will be held at the city building on July 15th at 7:30 P.M. for those interested in helping.  More information on the Sensory Park and other upcoming events can be found on the city’s website at

Upon approval of previous minutes and brief department reports, an update of the improvements at both Baker, and Bourland parks was given.  A new ceiling has been installed in the shelter at Baker Park to prevent birds from roosting, and plans to improve access to the concession stand were reviewed.

While efforts to improve the parking at the facilities continue, the commission did move to a brief closed session to discuss an issue of encroachment of a neighboring property onto Baker Park.  While complete details were not made available, the commission did note that a formal survey would be involved, as well as possible litigation.  The meeting was adjourned with the next scheduled meeting to be held on August 10th.

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