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Berkeley Park pricetag $4.2 million

Gary Wirth shows council plans for Balfour Park. Gary Wirth shows council plans for Balfour Park.

The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday reviewed a master plan for development of Berkeley Park that would cost $4.2 million, including ball fields, a soccer complex, a new entrance, parking lots, picnic areas, a destination playground, memorial tree garden, amphitheater, walking trails, a dog park and a youth mountain bike area.


The council took no action on the plans. It will take up the master plan at its next meeting and it is expected to decide during budget deliberations this spring which phases to fund in the 2013-14 budget year.
Landscape architect Gary Wirth of Charlotte-based Wirth and Associates walked council through a comprehensive improvement plan for the 66-acre park, which the city received as a donation from Kimberly Clark, the owner of the plant founded in 1923 as Balfour Mills.
The land lends itself to picnicking, walking and biking trails and a variety of youth activity.
Among the project parts and cost estimates were a new driveway, $136,000; main parking area with steps, signage, landscaping and lights, $379,000; the soccer complex, including a regulation size field, lighting, a restroom building and irrigation, $764,000; a larger group picnic area with a driveway and parking, landscaping and lighting, $382,000; overlook garden, $120,000; destination playground, with a restroom building, paved walkways and picnic shelters, $545,000; amphitheater, with a bandshell and lightning, $214,000; two walking trails and a boardwalk overlook, $556,000; a dog park and trailhead area with lightning, fencing and landscaping, $423,000; and youth mountain bike area, $117,000.