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Largest City Park Endorsed

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Plans for developing what will eventually become Ann Arbor's largest city park were endorsed by the Planning Commission Tuesday night. Swift Run Park, to be located on what is now the city landfill at Platt and Ellsworth Roads, will eventually become an area of rolling terrain, open play areas serving primarily the park-scarce southeast Ann Arbor area, according to the plan. Its 173 acres of ball diamonds, skating facilities, and nature trail would be more than four times as big as Veterans Park. The plans are long range in nature and total development would occur over an approximate 20-year period, depending on the rapidity with which the fill operations by the city are completed. The development of the park will also be contingent on generating funds for it. The city has $60,000 available for the first phase of development, which hopefully will have a portion of the work completed in a year for use by residents. Both the total cost of the full development and where that money will come from are unknown, but the city's capital improvements program suggests that $230,000 come from a future bond issue. The types of facilities and activities available at the new park were selected by a citizens committee which worked with the Parks and Recreation Department and private consultants on developing the plan. Surveys of southeast residents showed the highest priorities for facilities were for neighborhood softball, tennis courts, game courts, play areas, a winter sports field, picnicking, nature trail, and open field play.