Citizens get in-person look at Decarsky Park plan in Derby

Kevin Doerksen is about to get a new neighbor, one he wants to know more about. So he, along with other Derby residents, headed to the Welcome Center last week for a preview of Decarsky Park, which is planned for a tract just south of Doerksen’s house.

From what he saw, Doerksen, who has lived in his neighborhood for four years, was comfortable with the design, which he has kept abreast of on a social media page.

“It seems fine,” he said after listening to Robert Mendoza, director of public works, explain aspects of the 63-acre southeast Derby park, which will be just west of Rock Road at the south city limit. The two-hour come-and-go event provided a firsthand view of the various components of the park, specifically Phase 1, which is set to begin construction this year.

That includes the dog park, east concessions, neighborhood screening, ball field lighting, dugouts, batting cages and entrance set on 26.6 acres.

Among the facts presented is that there will be 240 parking stalls in the first phase, year-round restrooms for men, women and families, and room for portable shade brought in by families.

Officials also said the park is ADA-accessible.

One frequent question was the timeframe. The first phase, including the dog park, should be finished in fall 2019 with the ball fields ready in 2020.

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