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Park progressing: Work continues at Gary Keith Civic Center Park

April 19, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY —Construction work continues at Gary Keith Civic Center Park, which is located at the northwest corner Highway 95 and Marina Boulevard.

City Council members heard about how far the work has progressed during this week’s council meeting.

“Some great things have been happening out there,” said Dave Heath, the city’s parks and recreation superintendent.

Decorative concrete for the Civic Walkway has been poured within the park area. It’s highlighted by the flagpole that went in more than a decade ago, courtesy of Community Pride Advocates, the 501(c)(3) organization developing the park and raising funds to pay for its construction.

Some young greenery has been planted within the park grounds and unwanted vegetation continues being removed. Light fixtures along the walkway have been installed. Other infrastructure projects continue being completed.

Restroom construction “will start soon,” Heath also said this week. So will construction of a parking lot near Alona’s Way.

Another highly visible project on the park’s grounds will be the eventual planting of grass.

The sprawling location is envisioned as an event center and civic park. There will be an amphitheater and 170,0000-square-feet of space for large-scale events such as Corn Fest, Trunk-or Treat and the Bullhead City Farmers Market. The market is held now at Community Park.

Groups also rent space at this park where such events as a circus, carnival and a religious revival gathering have been held recently.

Events have been held there for more than a decade.

A flag park with tables, ramadas and walking paths are also part of the plan for the park.

It’s at a high-traffic location near the city government complex and Mohave High School as well as retailing and restaurants.

More than a half-million dollars so far has been donated to park construction. The goal is to raise $4.5 million.

Cost for the amphitheater is estimated at $1 million. Material and labor donations are also an important part of the construction process.

There is no timeline for completion of the park. Work began there in mid-2017.

Gary Keith, for who the park was named, has been described as a civic activist. Fellow members of Los Matadores de Bullhead wanted to see the park named after him, according to previous reports.

To learn about efforts to pay for the park’s construction, and find out how to donate to this project, visit www.garykeithccpark.com