City of Tyler seeking public input on upgrades at Gassaway Park

City of Tyler seeking public input on upgrades at Gassaway Park

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The City of Tyler is asking for the public's input before investing $20,000 of grant money into a city park.

City officials and residents in the area say Gassaway Park, located at the corner of Shady Hill and Charlotte Drive, is in need of several improvements.

Kelvin Harris has lived next door to the park for almost 20 years he describes it as a hidden gem.

"The average person wouldn't know that the park is here because it's hidden from view; most of it is downhill," says Harris. "With that being hidden, there's some things that happen that shouldn't happen in parks.

The City of Tyler is working on upgrades that would include bringing the majority of the park uphill.

Keep Tyler Beautiful wants to apply for a $20,000 grant to cover the upgrades, but there's one requirement.

"The requirement would be that the community come in and be a part of the rebuilding and refurbishing of the park," says Russ Jackson, The City's Parks Director.

Since some community member involvement in the rebuild would be needed, Jackson wants to hear from residents before going forward.

"I want to know what do you want, what would you like to see?" says Jackson. "This is a community park so I don't want to just come in and put something in place and it's totally opposite of what they want."

The City of Tyler is holding a public meeting this week to get residents input on the proposed upgrades.

The meeting will be held this Wednesday at Gassaway Park from  6 to 8 p.m.

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