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Jonesboro offering one week for review and comment of Lee Street Park plans

Jonesboro Mayor Pro Tem Pat Sebo explains a proposed plan to renovate Lee Street Park Monday night. The City Council is expected to vote on the plan next week. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Jonesboro Mayor Pro Tem Pat Sebo explains a proposed plan to renovate Lee Street Park Monday night. The City Council is expected to vote on the plan next week. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

JONESBORO — The Jonesboro City Council is less than a week away from deciding whether to approve a final Lee Street Park renovation plan.

That means residents have only a few days left to review and comment on the plan, which is the third plan presented publicly by members of a park renovation committee.

City officials have been working for months to gather public input on what should be included in the park after it is renovated. Despite early concerns the renovations would result in the elimination of its popular basketball courts, Mayor Pro Tem Pat Sebo assured residents Monday that would not be the case.

“The basketball courts will be staying at Lee Street Park,” Sebo said.

The proposed plan has parking along the periphery of the park, which will include a small event stage, a large amphitheater, picnic gazebos, a splash pad, a playground, basketball courts, tennis courts and farmers market stands.

Sebo said residents had expressed some concerns about the periphery parking making Lee Street too narrow for school buses and emergency vehicles. As a result, she said planners took that side of the park in by 20 feet so the street could be wider.

Mayor Joy Day said the council is expected to vote on whether to approve the plan when it meets Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Jonesboro Police Department headquarters, 170 South Main St. However, she said residents are encouraged to offer suggestions for improving the plan before then.

Comment sheets and copies of the plan are available at Jonesboro City Hall, 124 North Ave.