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January 22, 2014

Proposals for Carthage parks to be unveiled in meeting today

CARTHAGE, Mo. — After delays due to bad weather, Carthage residents today will get an opportunity to see the results of a “visioning” process for city parks developed by a student group from Drury University.

Students from the Center for Community Studies at the university’s School of Architecture will unveil their proposals in a  public meeting set for 6 p.m. today at Carthage Memorial Hall. The recommendations, which were to be outlined in December in a meeting canceled because of snow, have been submitted in report form to members of a residents’  committee that worked with the group.

The proposals were developed after the students toured city parks to study amenities and assets and met with a residents’ advisory committee. Earlier public meetings were held to get residents feedback on the parks and to unveil preliminary suggestions.

“They’ve suggested a number of different scenarios,” said Tom Short, city administrator. “The committee will have to whittle them down to the ones they feel are most feasible, then prioritize them for the parks system. We really want the public’s input on all of that.”

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