Improvements to Obetz’s Lancaster Park will enhance recreation

By Rick Palsgrove
Managing Editor

Image courtesy of the city of Obetz
This is a rendering showing a bird’s eye view of the proposed improvements to Obetz’s Lancaster Park.

Obetz’s Lancaster Park is getting an upgrade.

Lancaster Park, located at 4390 Lancaster St. in Obetz, is a four-and-a-half-acre park that currently features a shelter house, playground equipment, two Bocce ball courts, and a 60×12 foot splash pad that in the winter converts to an ice rink.

The city of Obetz has a multi-phase revitalization plan to add improvements and more features to the park.

“The park’s upgrades are a response to our community’s call for a more vibrant and diverse recreational environment, ensuring that our facilities meet both current and future needs,” said Obetz City Administrator Rod Davisson. “We are deeply committed to this project and believe that the enhancements will provide significant benefits to the residents of Obetz.”

Davisson said the park is set to receive a facelift with a new game area, a play lawn, upgrades to the existing splash pad and shelter, and an expansion of parking facilities to accommodate the growing community.

“In response to community interest, we are excited to announce the inclusion of several pickleball courts in the park’s design,” said Davisson.

Davisson said city officials are currently in the construction document stage, refining the detailed plans for the park’s transformation. He said the groundbreaking is anticipated in late spring, with a phased approach to construction. The first phase, encompassing the game area and pickleball courts, is targeted for completion by the 2025 summer season.

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
The city of Obetz has plans for significant improvements for Lancaster Park.

“The improvements are projected to cost $2.5 million and will be financed through our capital improvement funds, demonstrating our commitment to enhancing the city’s recreational facilities,” said Davisson.

Lancaster Park will also undergo a name change to better reflect the identity and heritage of Obetz, according to Davisson.

“The new name, which will be chosen by the city council during the construction phase, will honor the history and people who have shaped our town,” said Davisson.

As part of the project, the city is partnering with the Obetz Historical Society to offer commemorative bricks.

“These personalized bricks can be ordered through the society and will become a permanent feature of the park, creating a lasting legacy for our residents,” said Davisson. “Further, we’re planning a second phase which will revitalize Lancaster Avenue with new walkways, lights, and an improved road surface in future construction seasons.”

Obetz Mayor Angela Kirk said the park improvements are significant for the community.

“These enhancements to our park are a testament to our dedication to the well-being and enjoyment of our citizens,” said Kirk. “It’s an investment in our community’s future, fostering a space where fellowship and pride can flourish. As we rename the park, we are not just giving it a new identity, but also honoring the rich tapestry of Obetz’s history and the remarkable individuals who have contributed to our story.”

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