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Officials eye park upgrades
Beretta Scott, 6, prepares to launch his kayak from Pepper Branch Park on Saturday. The city is considering a concrete boat ramp for the park at an estimated cost of $55,000.
Want to live in an even nicer city?McMinnville officials are considering $195,000 that will be spent to upgrade two of our parks, establish a park for dogs, and provide shade at Gilley Pool.City Parks and Recreation Committee members Ben Newman, Steve Harvey and Jimmy Bonner reviewed the budget for McMinnville’s Parks and Recreation Department on Thursday.Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord included $25,000 in the budget for building ADA-compliant restrooms at Riverfront Park and $25,000 to build restrooms at Pepper Branch Park.“Our restrooms at Riverfront Park are not ADA-compliant,” said McCord. “There is absolutely no way from the way they were built they could be. They are only open during the summer months.”The new restrooms at Riverfront Park would be at the entrance to the Barren Fork Greenway and the existing restrooms would remain open.Newman suggested additional upgrades at Pepper Branch Park.