Expansion being considered

Mar. 15, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

A vote by recreation leaders on Thursday endorsed a proposed plan for Henderson and Vance County to more than double the size of the David Street Park.

The Henderson-Vance Parks and Recreation Commission discussed the proposal that Henderson Code Compliance Director Corey Williams had a hand in helping prepare.

Five lots along Lamb Street are becoming available through an ongoing agenda of demolition orders by the city, and are currently jointly owned by the city and county through liens for back taxes and demolition costs, Recreation Director Alan Gill said.

“This has just come to my attention recently,” Gill said. “The David Street Park was established in 2007 as part of the Community Development Block Grant program that funded improvements. The funding is what built a playground area there.”

Three lots on David Street became available because of demolitions in 2007. The growth of the David Street Park would initially be used as green space, Gill added.

“We will consider options once the space is added,” Gill said. “It hasn’t been considered yet, but it would provide additional green space, play area and parking.”

Currently, a split-rail fence runs between the David Street Park and four proposed lots on Lamb Street. A fifth proposed lot has 70 feet of frontage on Main Street, branching northward from the four bordering lots.

“This otherwise was a run-down little area,” Gill said. “Before it is added to David Street Park, any houses on it will be torn down.”

Daniel Young, a new city member of the recreation commission, said he was uncertain from maps provided how the layout of the park would appear in reality.

Commission Chairman Randy Oxendine said last year a commission session dedicated to taking commission members on a ride around to visit all the park areas helped with giving them an orientation to how ideas for park changes translate in reality at those parks.

“That helped us all to know the park locations better,” Oxendine said.

Because the proposed properties are jointly owned, the commission recommendation proceeds to both the Henderson City Council and the Vance County Board of Commissioners for further votes on approval to remove the lots from their for sale list and add them to the David Street Park.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.