Park improvements are officially underway.
Courtney Plante explains.
The Bismarck Park Board approves for 3.5 million dollar improvements.
Municipal Ballpark will receive a paved parking lot to go along with the grandstand renovations.
A new bike path will run from century ave to 43rd.
But the big renovation is at Hillside -- which includes pool upgrades.
"The projects we're completing were prioritized very high and that's why we're doing it. But overall it would be a great enhancement to our system and the community," said Randy Bina, Executive Director, Bismarck Parks & Rec.
The skateboard community looks forward to the renovations at Lions Skate Park.
"The skate park does get utilized quite a bit. If you go through there in the summer months that skate park's always pretty much packed and it's a positive thing," said Steve Johnson, skate shop owner.
Boarders hope for a set of lights so they can utilize the parks full hours -- but they are excited for anything they can get
"I think it's awesome. I think we've all been waiting for this for a long time. Any kind of addition is going to be sweet. I can't wait for that," said Jesse Gall, skateboarder.
Plans are still being finalized, but Bina hopes for construction on all projects to begin soon.
Reporting in Bismarck for KX news, I'm Courtney Plante.
The parking lot and trail project will be completed this year -- and Hillside renovations in early 2015.