Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative crews erected the last of 15 light poles at the ballfields at Azalea Park Thursday, marking the completion of years of work to reconfigure the fields and provide other amenities there.

The lights, which cost almost $500,000, were funded by a $702,000 grant from the state Parks and Recreation Department and will be operational next month. The remainder of that grant paid to pave Lundeen Lane, a picnic area and other field amenities.

Brookings city crews were simultaneously replacing much of the lawn in front of the bandshell at the western end of the park to make it level with the sidewalks there, which were also widened in front of the stage to allow for better pedestrian traffic flow.

The next project in the park will be to obtain grant funding to pave the parking lot near the Capela by the Sea, said Public Works and Development Director Tony Baron.

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