The city council took the first step Monday to raise more than $1 million in bonds to work on New Castle’s parks.

The New Castle Parks and Recreation Board has determined to issue bonds in an amount to not exceed $1.4 million in order to construct and complete park projects. The council accepted Ordinance 3865 on first reading at Monday’s meeting.

“We’ve been in this process for over a year, for projects, including Infrastructure and new equipment,” said Park Superintendent Mike Bergum. “It’s very beneficial and very needed in our community. There are several projects that feed off each other, one doesn’t have to be completed before the other. We’re just excited to get started.”

Any bond that is issued by the Park Board must get City Council approval. City Council Vice President Jeff Hancock made the motion to pass Ordinance #3865 in the first reading.

The second reading and public hearing will take place on June 21 at the next City Council meeting.

Park Projects

Decisions have not been made on which projects the park board will pursue. They presented a list of plans to the city council with the bond request. These are the ideas that are in the works for each park.

Osborne Park

Projects include paving Osborne Park roads, removing the football press box, and removing all stumps and dead trees that are located in the park. Installing restrooms and softball diamond upgrades including fences, fields, and parking.

Armory/Murphey Park

Includes paving the parking lot, new shelter in the park, roofing on sections of the armory and new front doors and a floor cleaning machine.

Baker Park

Playground expansion between Shelter 1 and 2, new equipment, restrooms and walkways, additional parking is being added as well. Upgrades on softball diamonds including turning field number two into a varsity field.

Upgrades on shuffleboard courts and horseshoe facility and upgrading the basketball courts, lighting, walkways and trash cans. Removing remaining dead trees that are left in the park.

Skate Park

Finish and embellish the entrance, expand north with new facility, new lights and underground wiring, expanding green space north of the Skate Park.

Maintenance Area and Equipment

Install a new maintenance building behind basketball courts and skate park. Equipment for the department including trucks and trailers, mowers and a gator. New fencing for the holding area at the maintenance shed.

Pocket Parks

New equipment for Vine St. Park including playground equipment, fencing and lighting. New equipment for North Main St. Park, including repaving the basketball court, new playground equipment, and new fencing on all sides and lighting. WiFi and Security in the parks are also a possibility.

For the full ordinance, you can visit the city website at