Maintaining and Revitalizing Parks

Maintaining and Revitalizing Mill Creek’s Recreational Amenities
Posted on 09/11/2018
An image of Pine Meadow ParkThe Parks and Recreation Board, an advisory board to the City Council, is responsible for development, design, and operation of park and recreation facilities, as well as for capital improvement planning.

“The board prevents things from slipping through the cracks and being neglected in regards to our local parks,” said Peter Lalic, board member.

Each year, the Parks and Recreation Board tours each of Mill Creek’s parks to determine if repairs or improvements are needed, give feedback on park maintenance and upkeep, and identify ideas for improvement and new equipment.

In 2017, the board identified a handful of items that needed addressing, including a missing nature sign, exposed rebar north of the tennis court at Cougar Park, cleaning park shelter roof and gutters, replacing a vandalized drain spout, and painting playground equipment.

The rebar at Cougar Park was removed immediately after being identified as a safety concern. Staff painted lines on the basketball court at Pine Meadow Park and replaced the broken gutter drain pipes at Cougar Park to improve the sightline aesthetics to the parks. The board, pleased with the outcome, sent a letter of appreciation to staff.

The Parks and Recreation Board recently completed its 2018 tour and submitted its recommendation, including capital improvements suggestions, in a report to the City Council on Sept. 11.

Lalic, who has lived in Mill Creek for 25 years, previously served on the Planning Commission for more than 10 years. He cites his involvement as contributing to the City’s success in making it a great place to raise a family.

“I feel strongly that if you want a nice community or City, you must work at it,” said Lalic. “Good things don’t just happen without hard work and volunteering.”