City basketball court project moving forward

Brendan Heidner Ranger-review Staff Writer
Sunday, January 16, 2022
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The Glendive City Council will decide the details of a bid proposal to replace the basketball courts at Lloyd Square Park next week. The project is being funded by a donation from the Dennis Harrison family and the City of Glendive. Ranger-Review file photo

Plans to construct a new full-sized basketball court to replace the decaying court in Lloyd Square Park are underway with a bid announcement awaiting Glendive City Council approval.

The family of Dennis Harrison donated $15,000 to the City of Glendive to repair the court in his memory.

After not seeing progress, the family expressed their frustrations to the city’s Finance, Utilities, Property, Recreation Committee in an October meeting.

City oficials assured the family they would get to work on their plans to con struct a new court.

Those plans are coming to fruition, starting with City Council review of a bid proposal put together by Public Works Director Frank Ceane.

After receiving the donation from the Harrison family, Mayor Teresea Olson noted the council decided to match the $15,000 in their budget to ensure a quality job and a “respectable” memorial to Harrison.

“We don’t get a chance to do this stuff a lot,” Ceane said. “And when we (do), we want to make sure that we spend the extra time and the extra effort to make sure it’s done right and that it’s going to last.”

Although the court will provide children and families with a nice outdoor place to shoot some hoops, Olson said the court will serve many other community purposes as well.

“It will be able to accommodate community events in the future,” she said.

Understanding the frustrations of the family previously expressed, Olson said she is working with department heads at Glendive City Hall to come up with a solution to prevent future miscommunication.

“To prevent communication problems and to make a flow work better, we’re working on creating just an internal worksheet,” Olson said.

The worksheet – currently in development – will allow the city and parties interested in supporting a future project to keep each other on the same page.

According to Ceane, he has hopes to break ground on the project possibly as soon as April, weather permitting.

“It’s not something I want to rush at all,” Ceane said. “I’d like April, but I like 70 degree weather the concrete can cure right in, too.”

Specifications and proposed schedule for the new basketball court are still under review and awaiting City Council approval.

The council will hear the specifications and proposal in its regular meeting on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.

“I’m excited about all of the innovative ideas that our community is coming up with to make Glendive better,” Olson said. “This is truly an honor to be a part of this.”

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