ZEPHYRHILLS — Books for the new library, a park for toddlers and a picnic pavilion for the new skateboard park are some of the capital projects outlined in next year’s $53.7 million Zephyrhills city budget.
The skateboard park, which will be built at the corner of Alston Avenue and 20th Street at Krusen Field, is projected to open about March or April. The park will cost about $225,000 and will replace the old skate park, which was built in June 2004 and has deteriorated. The new park will be built by Team Pain of Winter Springs.
Along with a new $65,000 picnic pavilion, the new budget also calls for a $5,000 security camera system and a $10,000 fence for the park. A new water fountain and benches also will be added for $5,000.
Zephyr Park will also see some improvements from money in the new budget. Plans are in the beginning stages to build a $75,000 park for toddlers in Zephyr Park geared toward kids aged 3 to 6, Zephyrhills Public Works Director Shane LeBlanc said. The location in the park has not been determined.
The new Zephyrhills Public Library is scheduled to be open in early January, but the new budget has an allotment of $15,000 to purchase new books, according to LeBlanc.
About $35,000 is budgeted for sidewalk projects, including repairs. Currently, a sidewalk is planned for Pretty Pond Road connecting Dairy Road to Wire Road.
Funds for the Jeffries House on Main Street have not been added to the budget other than $2,000 for a fence since plans have not yet been finalized on how the building will be used. Interim City Manager Steve Spina said funds are available for the restoration project should the city council determine a plan of action.
Spina also said no funds have been added in the budget for a Hercules Park project since the Pasco County School Board has not yet taken action on the park.
The Pasco school board is expected to submit a zoning change request for two to three acres of the Hercules property on the corner of County Road 54 East and U.S. 301 in order to sell the property for a commercial venture. The remaining land may be leased to the city for a nominal cost. Money for such a project would likely come from Penny for Pasco funds, Spina said.
Anyone interested in viewing the proposed budget can find it on the City of Zephyrhills website at ci.zephyrhills.fl.us. Click on Departments, Finance, City Budget , Proposed City Budget Fiscal Year 2014-2015.