BIG CHANGES UNDERWAY AT VETERANS PARK
With splashpad construction already underway, Veterans Park is already showing signs of progress in other areas. Thanks to a TSET Grant new wood chips have been installed on the playground at the park. As a part of the TSET Grant, other upcoming park improvements include new basketball goals, rims, and timed lighting at the basketball court. New soccer goals and an inclusive swing will also be installed. The park now encompasses 95 acres. In addition to the splashpad, and its surrounding wall, the gravel parking lot will be paved and striped. New tamper proof rest rooms are also in the works. A drainage channel from the splashpad will drain water in the newly expanded pond. This will be designed to resemble a brook. According the City Hall, improvements to Newcastle parks are funded in part through linkage fees.w The new splashpad in Veterans Park will be funded in part by linkage fees. Linkage fees are generated from building permit applications on new residential, commercial, and industrial construction. Each building permit produces a $200.00 linkage fee. So far, in 2019, the City has issued 300 new residential building permits and collected a total of $60,000 in linkage fees. This is just one of many ways new construction allows the City of Newcastle to provide amenities for citizens to enjoy.