Santa Fe Park blossoms

Marianne Gillespie
Santa Fe Park renovations

While activity at Santa Fe Park has been busy all summer, Friday marked an especially busy day as the bigger pieces of the park were installed using a crane. This BMS building, weighing around 40,000 pounds, was hoisted in the air and set in its proper location. The building was shipped from Colorado and is essentially 90 percent complete, said Bruce Brown, project manager and landscape architect with Farnsworth.

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Residents enjoying Santa Fe Park will become used to seeing the bridge. They can walk on it adjoining to the almost one-quarter mile walk throughout the park, or walk underneath it to get to the splash pad from the main entrance at Sunnyside and Benedict streets. The bridge is about 13 feet in the air. Completion date for the park is still expected in mid-September, but the last three components will be installing the splash pad equipment, Ameren Illinois hooking up the power and some sidewalk specialty work.

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Another part of the project not yet complete is the installation of the brick pavers at the main entrance to the park. To help fund the project, residents may buy a brick for $50 which includes engraving. The deadline is soon if residents want to be sure the brick will be installed this year. According to Chillicothe Park District’s Director of Parks and Recreation Kevin Yates, once the bricks are installed this year, additional ones will not be placed until next fall. For more information, call the park district at 274-3409 or visit the website www.chillicotheparkdistrict.org and click on the homepage at the bottom: “What is Changing at Santa Fe Park In Chillicothe?”

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While the splash pad is one of the biggest highlights of the renovations of the almost 4-acre park, another highlight is the playground equipment. The 28-foot tall slide grouping features three slides, including one that is 17 feet. Another piece of playground equipment is for younger children and reflects the train theme.