Trenton Park Board discusses installation of permanent cornhole boards

Moberly Park Trenton Missouri

The Trenton Park Board September 1st discussed the possibility of concrete cornhole boards being installed at Eastside Park.

Park Superintendent David Shockley said he had received several requests for cornhole boards.

Park Board President Curtis Crawford said cornhole is a popular game, and boards could be put near the horse shoe pitching area at Eastside Park.

Shockley presented information on cornhole boards from Doty and Sons Concrete Products, Incorporated of Sycamore, Illinois. The quoted price for two sets of boards was $2,000. Shockley noted the Park Board does not have to approve the purchase of something if it is less than $2,500.

He reported Doty and Sons was the first company that came up when he searched for information, and the price seemed reasonable. The boards could take eight weeks to arrive after ordering.

Park Board Member John Hamilton said the boards would not get much use this year if they were installed in November, but the Park Department might have trouble finding a dry spot in the spring.

Park Board Vice President Andy Cox said more boards could be purchased in the future if the original ones got a lot of use.

Crawford was concerned about how the boards would weather but said they would probably last a long time.

Shockley said the boards could be moved if the area was needed for horse shoes. A Bobcat would have to be used to move the boards.

Board Member Lynda Lynch said if the boards could be moved, then they could be taken out of the weather.

She was concerned about children breaking the boards or breaking their legs.

After asking about liabilities, City Attorney Tara Walker said she believed the liabilities would be like with any other concrete structure. However, she noted it would probably be better to ask the insurance company.

Shockley commented the cornhole boards might be safer than having a stake stick up like with horse shoes.

Hamilton said he could not recall seeing anyone play horse shoes there. Crawford said he had seen some people playing there several years ago, specifically at the Gooseberry Festival.

Hamilton asked if there was money available for cornhole boards. Crawford said some of the things in the budget likely will not get done this year. The boards could be a potential replacement for something that does not get done.

Crawford said he thought the concrete cornhole boards would be a positive thing.

He and Cox asked Shockley to do some more research, and the Park Board can come back to the matter in the future.

Cox and Shockley reported on the Trenton Family Aquatic Center’s season. Shockley said the last day was August 15th.

Cox shared that 73 family passes were sold, five lap swim passes, 14 single passes, and 16 senior passes. There was a total of 9,449 swimmers and a daily average of 124.

Through July, the pool made about $47,000 at the front counter and about $11,000 for concessions.

Shockley said the insurance company did an audit of the aquatic center in July, and the lifeguards and management received a 100% on the visit. Cox noted it had been a while since the pool had received a 100%.

Shockley reported the Park Department started winterizing areas of the aquatic center and will finish next month when the department closes the lower restrooms.

He thanked the community for its understanding and working with lifeguards this pool season.

Crawford reported the Park Department put sealant around a vent on the roof at the Rock Barn to help stop a leak. He wanted to see if that solved the problem.

He commented Shockley went out for bid on roof repair. Shockley reported two or three people inquired, but they never came to look at the roof. He was not sure if there was any leaking from August 31st’s rain. He said it was a consistent drip before.

Crawford said the Park Department might have to look at replacing the roof in the future. He was not sure how old the roof was. He wants to keep track of the situation and see if any other problems arise.

Shockley thanked the Street Department for sweeping the Rock Barn parking and filling potholes at the Rock Barn and Eastside Park before the North Central Missouri Fair.

Crawford reported the new sign is up at Eastside Park, and the lettering is coming.

He said the Grounds Committee might want to come up with ideas of what could replace the flower box by the sign. A hydrant in front of the sign is to be moved.

Park Board Grounds Committee Member Mary Peterson said the committee will have to think about it this winter.

Crawford said he hopes tube work at the Burleigh Grimes parking area will be done before the winter. The work was approved by the Park Board last year.

He will look at the price of fixing cracks at the parking lots.

Shockley reported the Park Department has trimmed around trees at all of the parks. Employees also used Roundup to control weed growth. The department will work to mulch around smaller trees in the next month. Trees that were planted in the past couple of years have been watered weekly. He said gravel areas, fence lines, and ball field infield areas have also had Roundup used on them to control weeds.

Shockley noted the Upper and Lower Moberly Park and Van Meter Park ball field infields have been tilled to control weeds. They have also been conditioned to level out the playing area. The Park Department edged the infields at Griffin and Johnson fields, and the college baseball team cleaned up Burleigh Grimes.

The Park Department built new foul poles for Griffin Field to go with the temporary metal 200-foot fence used for Trenton High School and North Central Missouri College softball. The Ebbe and Burleigh Grimes dugouts have been power washed from dirt.

Shockley reported 170 home baseball and softball games were played on 35 nights in May and June. There were five slow-pitch tournaments this summer.

There were also 25 soccer games played on four Saturdays this summer.