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The Other Items on Park and Rec Board Agenda

We've written plenty about one item in particular on today's Park and Rec Board meeting agenda, but it's not the only item of interest. As in: Were you aware that the city's about to put out the call for bids for a Stevens Park Golf Course redo? Colligan Golf Design out of Arlington's supposed to be designing the renovation of 86-year-old course, which hasn't had an upgrade since Jack Burke Sr. originally designed the thing in '22. Colligan's Web site says it's still "in planning" mode, despite the fact June 1 had been mentioned as a start date on the extreme makeover. Price tag: $7,640,000 in 2006 Bond Funds and Water Utilities Capital Improvement Funds.

Park and Rec will also hire Good, Fulton & Farrell to design and oversee construction of a parking garage at the Dallas Arboretum. It's part of the $85-million north-end expansion that's also set to include the set-to-open-in-2012 Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, itself a $50-million project due for groundbreaking either by year's end or early 2011. Only mention I've ever seen of a parking garage being part of the expansion is in this council briefing from September '08. Cost of schematics and construction admin: $693,250 in 2003 and 2006 Bond Funds.

Then, after Park and Rec's assistant director Willis Winters briefs the board on the Rochester Park Levee Reconstruction, the board will okee-doke a resolution acknowledging the 100th anniversary of White Rock Lake's completion in 1911. Big things are planned for next year: Park and Rec is also set to begin putting together a White Rock Lake Centennial Host Committee "to plan, coordinate and oversee the events and activities related to the Centennial." Cost: nothing. Yet.