PITTSBURG — Pittsburg Parks and Recreation is using an $11,000 grant for improvements at Lakeside Park.

PPRD was awarded the Community Fisheries Assistance Program Grant by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and will be used to increase accessibility to the park and lake.

PPRD plans to add an area for two handicapped parking stalls, and connecting sidewalks to both the playground and restroom.

The improvements will also include a new sidewalk stretching from the south side of the playground to an area which used to be a duck house, but has been boarded up for over eight years.

The duck house will be replaced by a fishing area with full access to the lake.

“Currently there is no way to get all the way to the lake without going through the grass,” PPRD Director Kim Vogel said. “It will make the entire park more accessible as a whole, for wheelchairs, strollers and other active transport.”

Vogel said work on the improvements may start as early as this week, and fountains at the park will be off for a portion of the construction.

“Our timeline has been pushed back a little,” Vogel said. “We may start this week, or definitely next week, and while construction will be going on, it should not disrupt the playground area too much.”

Vogel said the improvements could take up to a month to complete.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.