Aurora -- City leaders are working on developing the initial design for the Hartman Athletic Field complex on Townline Road.
Parks and Recreation Director Jim Kraus said once the design is completed the city will check into funding and possible ways to get the construction started.
At City Council's Sept. 9 committee of the whole meeting, Kraus said it will be a mostly grass field that could be used for soccer, which would be the only sport planned there at this time.
The Hartman Athletic Field will be located at the large field on the south side of the property. There is no time frame for completion yet, Kraus said.
Mayor James Fisher said he thought the plan for the athletic fields makes sense and is "a low-cost initiative." City leaders have not discussed specific dollar amounts.
Meanwhile, Kraus said the high school varsity softball field, which is located across the access road from the high school and Veterans Stadium, will be ready for the start of the softball season next spring. It is a city field that the schools use.
The fence contractor must install the fence fabric on poles, run electrical wires to the dugouts and finish grading around the fencing, he said. No specific date has been set for that, but it is expected to be done before March.
Kraus said city officials were hoping it would be done for the past season, but that didn't happen. He added some of the dirt settled last winter and more may have to be added.
"If we put in the fence and the ground settles during the winter, then you have a wavy fence, so we thought it might be better to hold off," he explained.
Regarding the project that involves the boathouse, concession stand and parking lot at the southern end of Sunny Lake Park, Kraus said city leaders are working on finalizing design plans with bids possibly sought later this year.
The proposed improvements at Sunny Lake include a new boathouse with a pavilion, new parking lot, walking path reconfiguration and restrooms/concession stand on the ballfield (south) side of East Mennonite Road.
The estimated cost of all three projects is about $700,000, officials said.
Kraus said construction did not take place last summer because of the "concern was that construction would be in June, July and August, which are our busiest months. We didn't feel that was the best time to start."
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