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Basketball, softball facilities nearly complete at Millennium Park

Work is nearly complete on Millennium Park’s new basketball court and softball complex, and Parks and Recreation officials hope to move forward with plans for a volleyball court.  

Parks and Recreation Chairman Roger Ross said the black top has been put down on the new basketball court. Final details include putting up four goals and painting lines on the court.  

The softball complex is complete except for benches and final touches, Parks and Recreation Director John Drake said.  

Parks and Recreation paid $50,098 for the softball complex and $13,819 for the basketball court, according to a report presented to the Ad Hoc Committee Monday.

Parks and Recreation could spend another $500 if it needs to pay someone to paint lines on the court.

Parks and Recreation had initially planned on building a volleyball court along with the basketball and softball facilities, but recently, officials said there may not be enough money left. On Monday, the volleyball court was back on the table.

Ross said the volleyball court would cost less than $20,000. Along with the court, the committee discussed the possibility of placing a fence to help keep the volleyballs in the court and keep cats out.  

Drake said his main concern is keeping the balls from going out into the park’s pond.  

The committee agreed to move forward without the fence for now in order to save money.

“Now that we have the final numbers done, let’s go ahead and do exactly what we were going to do,” Ross said.  

The goal is to have the volleyball court ready by spring.