Ash Grove aldermen pursue pocket park by City Hall

Ryan Squibb

Board votes to receive grant; rezone lot at North Crestview, Highway 160
The Ash Grove Board of Aldermen voted at its Oct. 4 meeting to pursue transforming an otherwise dead area between city hall and the building on its west side, into a pocket park.
The proposed revamped space would be approximately 14 feet wide and 50 feet long, and include a new sidewalk decorated with historic brick from downtown Ash Grove, as well as benches, a garden and other plants. The People's Pantry that currently resides in the space will remain.
The update would also enhance accessibility for handicapped individuals who currently can't negotiate the rock terrain. The new construction may also connect into the back entryway to city hall.
Although no definite plans were made or details finalized, it was fully agreed upon by the board that the park should be pursued. A motion was passed to move forward with the development of the project.
In other business, the board voted unanimously to:
- Allow Mayor Les Gardner to sign and accept the EMPG grant, which is a 50 percent matching grant in the amount of $15,931.60.
- Rezone a lot at North Crestview Avenue and Highway 160 from single family residential to highway commercial. The rezone was supported by the Planning and Zoning Commission, although did receive formal written pushback from local residents Brad and Renee Burton.
- Renew the current city health insurance plan, which includes a 4.7 percent rate increase.


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