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Members of the Anderson Betterment Club gathered on Jan. 10 to discuss what makes the city unique, the upcoming Berries, Bluegrass and BBQ Festival, and how to continue improving local parks and playgrounds.

President Ken Schutten presented those in attendance with brochures for tourist towns in the region. He asked members to look the pamphlets over and take note of the design -- things done well, in addition to lackluster areas.

Schutten then asked the audience to brainstorm ideas for an Anderson Visitor's Guide, highlighting local strengths such as Town Hole, various flea markets, fishing, lodging and eateries.

"We're not looking to reinvent the wheel," he said. "We just need to figure out what ours should look like."

The annual Berries, Bluegrass and BBQ Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, with a 5K to kick off festivities on Friday, May 18.

Schutten reported the first festival planning meeting was to be held Wednesday, Jan. 24, with the location to be announced.

He said the band lineup is already prepared, with regional bluegrass greats performing from noon until after 6 p.m.

At this time, the club is still seeking sponsors to cover the cost of musicians for the free, public event.

Members then discussed improvements they would like to see throughout the city's parks in the coming year.

Schutten said he would like to see a new pavilion at City Hall Park, where the merry-go-round is currently, and the merry-go-round moved to the other side of the sidewalk. He also noted the need for new trees to be planted and shelters to be constructed to provide shade to picnic tables.

It was agreed that Second Street Park would benefit from new playground equipment and remodeling of the current shelter, while the walking trail at the ballpark needs to be asphalted and exercise equipment installed. Schutten said restrooms that are accessible year-round are another goal at the ballpark.

Members also discussed the feasibility of a skate and BMX park in town. Schutten estimated equipment costs alone at $25,000. He said he's scouted an ideal location but is now working to secure the spot and grant funding.

Community on 02/01/2018

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