Citizen proposal would repurpose tennis courts, horseshoe pits at Riverton City Park

The Riverton City Council will consider a citizen proposal for City Park improvements during a regular meeting Tuesday.

The proposal comes from Matt Wright with the Central Wyoming Skateboarding Association, who wants to “repurpose the tennis courts and horseshoe pits to include a beginner skate park, basketball court, parking lot, and a storage shed for tools and event items,” according to the agenda for the meeting.

Other informal requests for improvements at City Park have come up over the past few years, city staff noted, recommending that, if the city council wants to further develop the park, there should be a public process to gather input about the effort.

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Three-year project

The proposal from CWSA says the current tennis court and horseshoe space at City Park is “dilapidated and not utilized,” and it “costs too much to resurface (the) tennis court.”

This aerial photo shows the current tennis courts and horseshoe pits at Riverton City Park. h/t City of Riverton

Meanwhile, the current skating area at City Park is “too crowded, intimidating and fast” and “not the best ‘beginner park,’” the proposal states.

The proposed project would take three years to complete, using “all local contractors and materials purchased in Riverton,” according to the proposal.

The estimated cost is $185,000, with potential funding sources listed in the proposal including the Fremont County School District 25 Recreation Board, the Fremont County Recreation Board, the City of Riverton, the Daniels Fund, local business sponsors, Carving the Future, and local fundraisers.

Other items

The city council will also consider a new art banner for Riverton City Hall and discuss recommended changes to local R-4 zoning rules during Tuesday’s meeting, among other items.

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This week’s Riverton City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Council Chambers at Riverton City Hall, 816 N. Federal Blvd. It will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. Finance Committee meeting. Both meetings are open to the public. You can attend in-person or watch live on the city’s YouTube channel.

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