Shaded areas, public art installations and open field space for organized sports were among the most requested amenities by residents during a six-week public comment period for a proposed sports park in Indio, city officials said Friday.

The city is proposing to transform a 39-acre plot of barren city property into a sports park. The park would be built on land squeezed between Avenue 44 and Market Street west of Jackson Street, using state grant funding if awarded.

The public comment period began in September and included virtual and in-person planning events.

“Throughout the input process, dozens of residents made recommendations, took part in hands-on mapping activities and provided feedback on multiple renderings of a sports park,” a city statement said.

Ideas compiled during the outreach process will be used in the city’s grant application paperwork to the state, the city said.

The next stage of the process involves the creation of a “master plan concept” that city staff are slated to present to the city’s Community Services Commission on Tuesday. The plan will go before the Indio City Council on Dec. 16 for its approval. If approved, the city’s grant application paperwork will be submitted to the state in March.

“Grants will be awarded to projects based on outreach and committed funding, among other criteria,” the city said previously.

Before anything is submitted for state approval, the final plan will be posted at www.indio.org.

Past presentations about the proposed park can be viewed at www.facebook.com/indiosportspark/.

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