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Plan Includes ParksInCity)<br><br>Also Covers Water Expansion<br><br>Development of existing city parks, a water improvement program to handle the city’s needs for 20 years and expansion of fire fighting facilities are listed in the Ci^y Planning Commission’s thiijl^annuaTCap-ital Improvements Program.<br><br>The program, extending i from July 1, 1962, to July 1, | 1868, is expected to be adopt- j ed by the [commission and ; City Council in a few weeks.<br><br>A1 hough approval by the two I units does not commit the city to do all the projects listed, the program does list those being considered.<br><br>The commission said its: study of a complete program of recreational needs is in process and should be ready for inclusion in the fourth anuual program that will be developed next year.<br><br>Emphasis on the park program listed in this year’s six-year program is on development of existing parks and open spaces. “By the end of the six-year period,” the commission said, “Veterans and Buhr Parks will .be fully developed and Gallup Lake Park will be close to full development.<br><br>“This means that fieldhouses will be built at Veterans and Buhr. along with tennis courts for Veterans and a landscaped picnic area at Buhr. Gallup Lake Park will be developed primarily as an open space area with picnic facilities and possibly 'an outdoor swimming facility using the existing pond.” It also proposed that the small sites in the newer subdivisions be developed.<br><br>Because the city will lose a portion of the Municipal Golf Course in 1964 (to the University), the commission recommended that construction begin soon on a new 18-hole golf course on a portion of Municipal Airport grounds not used as a airports The commission called for a program of land acquisition over the next six years. It recommended that at least $60,-000 a year be spent for the first three years, followed.. by the $25,000 annually the next three.<br><br>The Utilities Department, at the end of this six-year program, will be able to handle current and projected water needs for the next 20 years, the planning commission said.<br><br>Included in this program is the $2,500,000 expansion of the Water Treatment Plant. The extension of 20 and 24-inch mains on Maple Rd. from Dexter Ave. to Pauline Blvd. and the eventual connection of this main to the mains to be constructed from the booster pumping station at 2000 South Industrial Highway, west on Waters Rd. to Maple Rd. extended, will complete the southwest system.<br><br>In addition, mains will be constructed in the northwest to the Treatment Plant and in the northeast and east following roughly the planned Huron Parkway. These systems will complete the city loop system necessary for adequate pressure.<br><br>The six-year program contains 22 projects costing $5,102,-824.<br><br>Expansion of the fire department is recommended along lines previously transmitted by the commission to the City Council. Steps recommended: i<br><br>1) A new station at Veterans Park;<br><br>2) A new station in the southeast;<br><br>3) Use of the North Cam- ,1 pus Civil Defense facility;<br><br>4) A new or improved facility in the central area. The question to be resolved, the commission said, is whether to! rebuild the existing 80-year-old central station or split it into two new stations. One new station would be a few blocks east of Main St., the other a few blocks west. The main station now is two blocks east of Main..