Big Changes Coming to Capaha Park

Capaha ParkCapaha Park is the oldest park in Cape Girardeau, and big plans are in store for its future. Residents have already noticed the new pavilion and entryway on West End Blvd, as well as the large playground equipment being installed, but according to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, that is only the beginning.

The new playground at Capaha is well on its way to providing fun to the citizens of Cape. Right now most of the remaing work is cosmetic with sidewalks and benches still needing to be installed. The playground is just a small part of the Parks and Recreation Department’s big dream for the park. They are hoping to add a variety of features to Capaha park, from new play equipment for the kids, to art, extra trails, and so much more. For example if you miss the old swimming pool, not to worry, because a new splish splash pad is being added so that patrons can cool off in the summer heat. The amphitheater is also getting some attention, with plans to add a parking lot on the Perry Ave. side of the park, as well as seating to be landscaped into the bandshell, with the goal of using it for shows and performances.

For those who frequent the ballfield for Redhawks Baseball, you’ll enjoy watching the points add up on the new scoreboard, as well as improved restrooms, concession stand, and the switch to ‘green’ lighting.

The rest of the park will also be getting improved lighting, and more walking trails. Local artists can get some showcasing with the addition of public art to be displayed throughout the park. Capaha’s resident geese and ducks will also reap the benefits of this remodel when the lake receives landscaping improvements and a water clean up.

While these plans are exciting, things like time and funding always seem to get in the way. Brock Davis, the Parks Division Manager, says these projects are completed as funding becomes available, so most of them will be years in the making. Luckily the playground is right on schedule, Davis says that it should be complete early to mid-summer, just in time for the end of school. Davis is optimistic about Capaha’s future, “Everyone is very patient, we’ll get it done eventually!”

To see details, as well as concept images for this wonder park, check out the master plan.

Davis says they welcome any help from groups and individuals, and reminds people that they can lend a hand April 25 at the park clean up day.

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