Residents toss around ideas to improve DuBois Park in Bluffton

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Residents toss around ideas to improve DuBois Park in Bluffton

By RENEE DUDLEY rdudley@islandpacket.com 843-706-8138
Published Thursday, October 22, 2009 in The Island Packet  |  292 Words  |  news/local

About 20 Blufftonians met Thursday to discuss ideas for DuBois Park, the 1.25-acre plot at the corner of Boundary and Lawrence streets that is currently the site of the town's maintenance facility.
The residents want the area to be a better park, but they're not sure what type of park it should be.
Three groups, under the guidance of town planning officials, used tracing paper and cut-out figures of parking spaces, restrooms, bicycle racks, playing fields and trees to create site plans.
One group discussed creating a park similar to one of Savannah's squares. In one of its renderings, the group chose to demolish the cinderblock maintenance building on the site.
The plan called for a fountain in the middle, with paths radiating from each side of the fountain. Members drew verdant landscaping throughout the proposed site plan. They also called for public restrooms and bocce courts.
Other residents thought the town should take a more children-oriented approach. One group placed a playing field in the middle of the space.
Milt Rhodes, principal planner for the town, said that in the coming weeks, the Planning Department will draw up a plan for the site using input from Thursday's meeting. The plan, along with a list of the attendees' likes and dislikes, will be presented to the Town Council by the end of the year, Rhodes said.
Rhodes said funding could be available for a DuBois Park renovation this fiscal year. Money has been earmarked for parks in the town's capital improvement project budget, he said.
Rhodes said the town probably will be able to move its maintenance facility to town-owned land at Oscar Frazier Park, though plans for that move haven't been finalized.