Lonsdale plans for archery range and soccer fields

With the new business park under construction at the intersection of State Hwy. 19 and Garfield Ave. in Lonsdale, plans are underway to add family-friendly amenities which includes an archery range and soccer fields. At the regular meeting of the Lonsdale City Council held Thursday, Sept. 26, City Planner Benjamin Baker presented the council with the project that was developed by the Park Board.

He showed a detailed site plan with a grassy area for recreational use that will be located in Outlot F, south of the construction along Hwy. 19. Access to the area would be provided from Garfield Avenue. Baker said the roadway, the soccer field and archery range would all be temporary, as the area would eventually be used for expansion of the business park.

Lonsdale Mayor Tim Rud said grading for the fields and archery range is being incorporated into in the mass grading for the business park, and expected to be ready for use next year.

“I think these recreational areas will be great for our community because they will give a variety of recreational activities to our residents,” Rud stated. “It would be great if these sites would also be used by the schools in the future.”

Since the area is planned as being temporary, Rud added that they will be using portable goals, backstops and striping.  

  In addition to recreational fields, the site plan also showed the addition of a compost site.   Currently the public compost site is located near Sticha Park, and with the improvements to that park over the summer, the city had been looking for a new location for the decaying material. The unused land where the business park is being constructed will soon be its new home.

“The new compost site will be accessible through city streets, allowing residents to continue to use small vehicles to transport grass, leaves and branches,” Rud explained.

The transitioning of the site will happen this winter and the new compost area will be ready in time for spring clean-up.