September 22, 2021
After a delay due to baby birds, turf is being installed at the ballfield at Truman Waterfront Park, and the entire project is nearing completion.
The project, termed Phase 1b, includes rebuilding the Shine Forbes Building, a dog park, the ball field, a concession stand, and new quarters for the police horses.
Work continued on the building during the ballfield delay and is nearly complete, but the turf installation was put on hold in June.
Least terns -- a protected species – prefer to use large gravel expanses as their rookery. When the old PAL gym was renovated to become the Shine Forbes Building, the gravel roof was done away with.
However, the nearby gravel bed looked like the perfect nesting ground for a large number of terns. The nests were scattered across the field, and fledglings were skittering around the gravel patch on new legs as the eggs hatched.
Now that they’ve flown the nest, crews install turf, and a scoreboard will be installed.
1) Crews laying turf.
2) New horse stables
3) Concession stands