Loren Minnis Park, on South Main Street, is getting a facelift. At the request of residents in the neighborhood, the Pratt City Commission approved an expenditure of $50,000 to add play equipment similar to other city parks and make other improvements.

The play structure is in place, and has greatly increased use of the park, which previously held a small swing and merry-go-round, in addition to a skateboarding structure added several years ago.

The existing restroom is being converted to one unisex, handicapped-accessible facility. Public Works director Russ Rambat estimated work would continue for another couple of months.

Because of increased use of the park, especially on Jackson Street side, there is need for additional parking spaces.

Arensdorf Construction submitted a quote of $9596 for four or five off-street spaces from the new sidewalk south to the drainage ditch.

A few picnic tables on concrete slabs will be added and new signs will direct travelers to the park.

"It's become a nice little area. All of a sudden it's very popular, "Rambat said, noting that the park not only serves children in the neighborhood, but families traveling through town on U.S. 281 who are looking for a place to pull off and let the kids burn off some energy.

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