A three-year construction project aimed at bolstering Cope Park downtown is slated to begin this week.
The first phase is centered on immediate safety and security issues, and it includes removing abandoned bathrooms, replacing old rock walls, installing a new outfield fence, removing the picnic shelter and revamping the drainage system.
This phase of work is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 15, and then the next phase — which includes new picnic shelters, tennis courts, play sets and lighting upgrades — will begin in 2016.
Phase two is being funded by a temporary 1 percent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2012.
The park will be open throughout the project, but visitors are encouraged to avoid specific areas where work is being done.