The city of Gig Harbor will start studying improvements at Crescent Creek Park and the surrounding area next year.
The city council on Monday unanimously approved a contract with Hough Beck & Baird, Inc. Landscape Architects to create a master plan and conceptual design for the park.
The master plan will ascertain the condition of the park and all its structures and facilities; identify elements of the park that are underused; and recommend steps to make the park more attractive and accessible to the public.
A revamp of Crescent Creek Park could be on the horizon. Larry Steagall
The $155,660.54 contract includes a structural evaluation of the Masonic Lodge building, among other tasks.
An earlier master plan contract for $50,000 was approved in March 2020, according to Public Works Director Jeff Langhelm. But the work did not start because of the pandemic and the contract expired.
The new contract covers the tasks identified in the 2020 contract plus new items added in 2021 and 2022. The plan must be completed by March 31, 2024, Langhelm said.
As part of the master plan development, the city will appoint a citizens advisory committee to work with HBB.
Present Creek Park in Gig Harbor on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Larry Steagall
The city council held two public budget hearings at Monday’s meeting.
The first pertained to revenue sources for the 2023 general fund. Total 2023 resources are estimated to be $23,736,879, according to Finance Director Dave Rodenbach.
Property taxes make up about 19% of total general fund revenues and sales taxes account for about 51%.
The council also heard the first reading of the total budget for the 2023-2024 biennium. The council will approve the budget at its Nov. 28 meeting. The proposed budget is $178,616,968.
The next city council meeting will take place Monday, Nov. 28, 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center
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