The City of Manhattan and Riley County Parks Boards met for a long-planned joint meeting Monday, discussing looming CiCo Park improvements planned in 2017.

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Interim Manhattan Parks and Rec Director Wyatt Thompson.

That quarter cent sales tax funded the creation of Manhattan’s middle school rec centers, with 8 point 5 million dollars in the temporary tax revenue being earmarked toward CiCo Park improvements. Concepts include the reconstruction of 4 new ballfields with synthetic turf as well as 12 tennis courts and paved parking lots – among other items.

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Thompson says they’re still on track with the original 2017 timeline, with 2023 to serve as a pre-design public input period and 2024 being when design work incorporating that input will begin in earnest – looking at a 2025 and beyond construction time frame.

Officials also raised the possibility of a land swap between the city and USD 383.

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No decision on a swap has been reached, but Thompson says there exists an opportunity to swap out the largely-USD used Norvell Field for the central portion of Griffith Park that the school district owns.

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Thompson says if agreed to by both parties, the move could save the city maintenance funds and allow them to be used in other ways.