Businesses, playgrounds opening in Hancock

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette The recently completed Terrace Park playground is now open for play, soon to be followed by more playground projects around the city.

HANCOCK — Thanks to 20 volunteers the Terrace Park playground is now complete with structures for Third Street and Montezuma Street parks up next.

The remaining two parks will also require volunteers to assemble with Oct. 5 and 6 scheduled for the Third Street Park and Oct. 7 and 8 for the Montezuma Park.

The city hopes to recruit help from the local universities and have some groups lined up. However, work on Friday and Monday could use extra hands with the class-work conflict preventing many from assisting, said City Manager Glenn Anderson.

The tennis court improvement project is underway, though slowed by flooding. So far, the old blacktop and some base soils have been removed. About a foot of material will need to still be removed and new sand and gravel added. Steps Anderson hopes will happen this fall to have the project ready for paving spring of 2019.

The ongoing beach dock project is “substantially complete,” with 12,000 screws to be installed in the decking, welding to do once the ice melts in spring and non-slip paint to be added in later spring or early summer of 2019.

The nearby DNR Passport Grant for ADA compliant additions to facilities received an on-site inspection, though the city doesn’t know if the project is approved for funding yet.

Other positive developments in the city include new businesses in town including CrossFit gym, Life Outreach Center, WUPPDR, Fintech Consulting LLC, Tom Co Studio and Snythtype Design Inc.

There were a few other business location changes but they occurred within the city.