Dobson give nod to park design

By Keith Strange

March 27, 2014

DOBSON — With little fanfare, the Dobson board of commissioners gave the nod Thursday night to a site plan for the much-anticipated Dobson Square Park.

The plans were drawn by Burlington-based designers Alley, Williams, Carmen & King, and have been described as the “final hurdle” to shovels going in the ground in the next couple of months.

Town Manager Josh Smith noted that with the approval, the town is ready to put the project out for bid for a contractor, with anticipated construction to begin as early as June.

The 2.2-acre park is planned for the intersection of South Crutchfield and West Atkins streets. The park is expected to house an interactive fountain, splash pad, playground and walking trails.

Smith noted that the town has secured a grant worth $498,000 from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, which is expected to cover about half the construction costs for the park.

He said the plans have changed slightly during the design phase.

“Not a lot has changed from the original plans, but we’re not looking at having two shelters instead of one, and we’re planning on one of them being used as a farmer’s market during the season,” he said.

“We’re also going to have a little left over open space on the site, so the board will have to decide whether to use it as a dog park or for things like cornhole or horseshoes games,” he said. “Those are just a few options we’ll be looking over the coming months.”

In other business, the board agreed during its meeting to approve a five-year contract with refuse company Waste Management.

Smith told the board that with the contract, the town will be paying less per household for residential waste pickup.

“All things being said and done, this will result in a net decrease in town expenses of about $6,000 a year,” he said. “I think this is a very fair contract.”

The contract was approved on a motion by Commissioner Todd Dockery.

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.