The Glidden City Council is working towards solutions to several issues at two of the city’s parks. Last fall, officials approved a $26,000 bid to refinish the slides at the Glidden Aquatic Center. However, the contractor was unable to complete the project by the deadline of May 1. According to City Clerk, Suzy Danner, water was added to the pool last week, and the council did not want the necessary sandblasting to occur once it had been filled. As a result, the contract has been cancelled and will be bid again later this year. The council has also approved minor repairs to the small slide attached to the play structure in the zero-depth section. City staff had noted the slide had started to show some wear and tear and cracks were beginning to appear. That work is expected to be finished by the time the pool opens for Memorial Day weekend. Officials are considering changes to the new basketball and pickleball courts in City Park. Last summer, the fence surrounding the courts was removed to improve appearance and access to the facility. However, an issue has arisen with stray balls rolling up in 3rd Street, and children have been chasing after them. The council has requested a bid to install a barrier on the south side of the courts. The council has not approved the fence installation, and is waiting for more information before moving forward.
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