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Ringwood park may get basketball court in summer

Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 4:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 11:38 p.m. CDT

RINGWOOD – The 5-acre park next to the Ringwood Village Hall may get a basketball court, perhaps by the end of this summer, the village president said.

The project would be paid for using a small portion of the $218,000 the village is expected to receive in owed annexation fees, Village President Rick Mack said.

Because the Pioneer Oaks subdivision went into foreclosure shortly after the economy turned, it never paid annexation fees to the village, but the purchaser of the development has agreed to pay the fees, Mack said.

Depending on what potential contractors submit in terms of pricing and scheduling as part of the bid process, the basketball court could be done as early as the end of summer, he said. The engineering was done several years ago when the economy was better.

The park would stay open during the work.

Although the basketball court is on the list, a majority of the funds will be allocated toward road maintenance, Mack said.

The village doesn’t have any resurfacing projects planned for this or next year, but some crack sealing will be done as needed.

“Overall, our roads are in very good condition,” Mack said. “Crack sealing is an appropriate thing to do at this stage to get more life out of the road, and then we’ll plan a resurfacing project a couple of years from now.”

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