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Maintaining good facilities

By Staff | May 21, 2010

Parks and recreation facilities are an essential part of Rugby and two candidates running for city park board seats this June say they are committed to improving and enhancing those facilities.

Rick Larson and Rick Srur are on the June 8 ballot. Larson is running for a fifth term while Srur, who served for 12 years, wants to return to the board after a four-year break. They are the only two to file, and one other seat will have to be filled by write-in.

Larson said one of the challenges for the board is to continue to maintain its parks within its current budget. Over the years the park district has added new facilities, including the east side walking.

Two projects have recently started, most notably a new park on the east side of town near the walking path. The park board has partnered with the Rugby Jaycees on developing the park which includes a playground. The Jaycees has been successful in securing grants and raising funds toward the park. The park board plans to maintain the park in the future, possibly adding restrooms and extending the walking path to meet the park.

Another project that recently started was a new building on the Pierce County Fairgrounds, which the park district owns. Srur said this will be an important addition, used by the fair association during the fair to house exhibits, but also be available for other groups throughout the year.

It’s the first time in 15 years a new construction took place at the fairgrounds.

While adding new facilities is a sign of progress, it’s just as important to make improvements to the existing parks, Larson said.

The board is dedicated to making these parks a source of pride in the community, Larson added.

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