Hello. My name is Steve Siddoway, and it is my great pleasure to serve the citizens of Meridian as the Parks & Recreation Director. We have a growing parks system, as well as a number of growing recreation programs. Over the past six weeks, we have been pleased to open and commemorate a number of wonderful new facilities that will serve the citizens of Meridian for years to come.
1. Meridian Community Center--On Thursday, May 21, we held a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new Meridian Community Center. It was great to have several children from the Boys & Girls Club in attendance. This promises to be a valuable resource for classes, summer camps, and other activities throughout the year. We look forward to expanding our use of the center to accommodate a growing number of recreation programs for the citizens of this community.
2. Meridian Bark Park--On Tuesday, May 26, we held a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for our new dog park. This is a great addition to the types of services and amenities we are able to offer the citizens of Meridian and their pets. We would like to thank the Meridian Police Department for their partnership in opening the Meridian Bark Park and making it available to the public.
3. Gordon Harris Park--On Friday, June 5, we held the grand opening for Gordon Harris Park, formerly known as Kiwanis Park. Gordon Harris has been an active supporter of Meridian Parks and Recreation for many years, through the Daybreakers Kiwanis Club. His can-do attitude and get-it-done work ethic have made a real difference to the entire community. We are privileged to have been the recipients of his abundant volunteer efforts and are pleased to name this park in his honor.
4. Adventure Island Playground--On Saturday, June 13, we held a commemoration ceremony to honor the many donors—especially Darin and Angela Lindig—who contributed their time, talents, money, and a whole lot of effort to create our signature playground in Meridian Settlers Park. This is a universally accessible playground for children of all abilities. The recent additions, such as the Sound Garden and the Little City of Rocks provide even more play opportunities for children throughout this community. We hope you enjoy this wonderful playground!
5. Settlers Village Square--On Saturday, June 27, we officially opened the new tennis courts and horseshoe pits in Settlers Park. They are the first amenities of their kind in our park system. This is the first phase of a three-phase addition to Settlers Park that we call Settlers Village Square. The next phase will build more tennis courts, and the third phase of the project includes a public plaza, or village square, planned for the corner of Ustick and Meridian Roads, which is where the overall project got its name. We look forward to adding these future phases over the next several years!
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