In June funding plans began for the renovations of Eisenhower Park in Dodge City.

A fixture in downtown Dodge City for decades, Eisenhower Park, located at Gunsmoke Street and 1st Avenue, has been being host to several events, most recently the annual Movies in the Park during the summer.

On Sept. 5 the Tourism Task Force held their quarterly meeting and approved $20,000 funding for the Eisenhower Park project.

"The Tourism Task Force plans for Dodge City organizational funding for tourism," said chair of the design committee Melissa McCoy. "The task force allocates $25,000 each year to main street improvement grants so downtown property owners can add improvements to their properties and facades.

"So the funds were made available from the Master Tourism plan for Eisenhower Park."

Several of the amenities of the park have began diminishing throughout its 30-year history.

Some of the planned improvements that have been previously reported are shade sails around the edges, new benches, several upgrades to the existing shelter and landscape improvements.

An artificial lawn will also be added along with pad sites for vendors for future events held in the park.

Additional grants for the project have come from the Mariah Fund and Victory Electric.

"The Mariah Fund donated $20,000," Mccoy said. "And Victory Electric donated $5,000.

"There was a Mingling on Main Street event held over the summer that raised $1,600 for the park but what the pub crawl did was not only raised funds but also made people aware the park was there."

Another future plan McCoy said was in the works was honoring Betty Muncy who had donated the land where Eisenhower Park is located.

"Betty recently passed and we are working on getting a plaque in her honor to be placed at the park," McCoy said. "She was a fan of Dwight D. Eisenhower so that is why she named the park Eisenhower."

Muncy, was a former owner of the Dodge City Daily Globe as well as instrumental in the Santa Fe Depot renovations as well as a Governor's Art's award recipient for being an outstanding arts patron in 2010.

With funding in place, the renovations and construction of Eisenhower Park should begin in 2018.

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