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New barbecue grills at Marysville's Comeford Park


September 6, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

City of Marysville employees Mike Robinson, left, and Dave Hall cook some hamburgers on one of the new grills for the Comeford Park barbecue pits during a city event on Aug. 29.

Comeford Park has two new barbecue grills and many picnic tables that are now open to the public.

The City of Marysville has been working on installing the new barbecue pit for most of the summer.

The project is designed to help the many families who come to the park during the summer because of the spray park.

"Comeford Park with the addition of the spray park has become a very focal park in the community," said Jim Ballew, director of Marysville's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

Many families spend hours at the park, he said.

"We noticed right away that people were bringing in portable barbecues, and families were getting here at 10 a.m. in the morning and staying until 9 p.m. in the night," he said.

The two grills and several tables will also be able to support community events and fundraising barbecue.

"We wanted the ability to have a larger community barbecue," said Ballew.

Funding for the new barbecue pit came from a couple of sources.

The city received $66,000 from a Community Development Block Grant that went toward the project, "and the city added another $15,000 out of our project fund," said Ballew.

In addition, the Marysville Rotary club donated an additional $12,000 for site furnishing, providing all of the picnic tables.

"Our intention was to make a contribution to the community and we like what's happening in this park and wanted to build upon that," said Rotary Club member Pedro Gonzales.

"We're very happy. They did a wonderful job," said Gonzales.

Ballew said that the city's maintenance team did the landscaping for the area.

"One of the things we did was we let the Parks maintenance team do the landscaping and gave them creative license," he said.

"I just think this is one of the best projects this team has done in a long time," he said.

He also said that the project came out well.

"Aesthetically, it's one of those benchmark projects that we can look at as a standard," said Ballew. "It's very important we bring a quality and functional design to our projects."

The city separates the new pit into a "Blue Heron Pavilion" and an "Otter Pavilion" and there will be signs for those two areas.

"We'll start taking reservations for the areas next year, and just let it run until then," said Ballew.

If groups want to make a reservation beginning next year, they should contact the Parks Department, Ballew said.

City officials also hope to add another shelter to the barbecue area, said Ballew, and will be looking for grant money to support that.

The barbecue pit area is also wired for electrical and water use for big city events.

"We'll use this for Merrysville for the Holidays, and we'll light it up and decorate it," said Ballew. "We're excited to have the community use it."

The new barbecue area also replaced some playground equipment and a swing set at Comeford Park.

"We're going to be putting in another one elsewhere in the park," said Ballew.

The city already has the funding to put that swing set in and is it "just a matter of time" now, he said.

He expects it to be installed before the end of the year.


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