September 27, 2019 (Moscow, Idaho) --
The City of Moscow is proud to host an official celebration of the newest addition to the Moscow park system, Itani Park.
The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on October 3 at Itani Park, located near the intersection of Itani Drive and Rolling Hills Drive. This event is free and open to the public and will include an official ribbon cutting and light refreshments.
The park includes a playground for 2-12-year-olds with both adaptive and standard swings. The park also features tile safety surfacing, an accessible path to the playground, and recently completed landscaping. Further amenities will be installed in the future as funding allows.
The Moscow Parks and Recreation Department underwent a robust public input process providing citizens the ability to recommend their preferred playground through an open voting process conducted both on-line and in-person. The Moscow Parks and Recreation Commission vetted results of the voting process and then recommended approval from the Moscow City Council. The City Council officially confirmed the playground selection on June 18, 2018.
The 0.84-acre park property was dedicated to the City by local developer, Rafik Itani, through the City's parkland dedication process. Installation of the playground equipment was performed in-house by parks staff certified in playground installation.
The cost for the entire project was $138,680. The Hamilton Fund, monies gifted to the City in 2000 for the benefit of youth recreation funded $129,900, and general City funds paid the balance.
Previous projects supported by the fund include the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center and the Hamilton-Lowe Aquatics Center. In May of 2017, the Moscow City Council approved Resolution 2017-07 designating the use of the remaining balance of Hamilton Funds for the construction of playgrounds and accessible paths in undeveloped City parks.
Story Contact: Dwight Curtis, Parks & Recreation Director