One of the most visible public parks in Leavenworth soon will be getting a makeover.

Plans are being discussed by city officials to make improvements to Stubby Park.

The Leavenworth City Commission will discuss the park renovations during a study session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The commission has already budgeted $135,000 for the replacement of the playground equipment at Stubby Park.

That work should begin in early fall when students return to class for the 2019-2020 school year.

Leavenworth City Manager Paul Kramer said the renovation of the park will focus on new equipment, safety and playability as well as provide a comfortable atmosphere for children and parents.

He emphasized that the popular sledding hill at the park will not be changed or disturbed.

“This is one of the things city governments can do – provide free recreation opportunities for families,” Kramer said.

Kramer said Phase 1 of the renovation of Stubby Park will also include fencing along the west side of the park on 4th Street.

Kramer said the park has great visibility from 4th Street, but he said there is limited parking, old playground equipment and a large area of unused space.

Kramer said the improvement project at Stubby Park will be much like a similar project that recently took place at Cody Park in Leavenworth.

“Cody Park has a great atmosphere, great visibility for parents and it’s a controlled area,” Kramer said. “I’d like to do something like that at Stubby Park. Why don’t we make this a destination park like Cody Park?”