City Manager Andy Skidmore announced at the May 3 Hurricane Council meeting that Hurricane Bridge Park has expanded from 40 acres to 65 acres.
On April 28, the Hurricane Building Commission closed on the acreage at 2005 Cherry Street which lies between Richlin Estates and the park. The Building Commission purchased the property from the heirs of John Parsons for $750,000.
Improvements on the section of Bridge Park adjacent to State Route 34 have been ongoing for more than a year. A playground was added in April. Lighting for the football field is expect to be completed within one week and the Pickle Ball courts are slated to ready for use by mid June.
Skidmore also announced that the Building Commission has purchased 2741 Second Street with the intent of demolishing the structure formerly owned by Ralph Jones. The property will be converted into a customer parking lot for Main Street businesses. The cost of the lot was $22,500.
In other business, the council approved Williams & Shriver as the architect for the new Hurricane Fire Station which will be built on five acres on State Route 34 near Hurricane Bridge Park.
Mayor Scott Edwards announced that Farley’s will be sponsoring this year’s 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. The contest has been an annual event at Hurricane City Park in recent years.
Police Chief Mike Mullins announced that the HPD Criminal Investigation Unit seized $11,990 in cash while making city arrests and was part of a $140,000 cash seizure by the FBI.
The next regular council meeting will be Monday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m.