Work should begin soon on the construction of a basketball court at Wood Street Park in Paris, according to Mayor Daniel Rogers.

The winning bid was submitted by Steve Beam Construction of Fort Smith. The company’s bid was $146,700, Rogers said. The only other bid submitted was for $172,000.

“We budgeted $180,000 so we’re in good shape on the bid,” Rogers said. “The low bid also included the quickest time frame for construction. Beam Construction said the job could be done in 90 days and the other bid said the job could be done in 150 days.”

Rogers said the single court will have six basketball goals on it.

“It’ll be a very nice, concrete basketball court,” Rogers said.

A portion of the funds to construct the court are coming from a grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

“When we get this done, we’re going to show it in our presentation to Parks and Tourism for another grant next year,” Rogers said. “We’re going to go ahead and apply for a grant to build a splash pad at Wood Street Park. We have the plans drawn up so, hopefully, if we get the grant we can have the splash pad done by Memorial Day of next year.”

Rogers said the city should hear about that grant later this year with the money being available next year.

Rogers said right now, he’s also focused on making improvements to baseball fields located at Veterans Park.

“I’ve been talking to the Boys and Girls Club about plans to do improvements to the ball fields,” Rogers said. “We haven’t done a lot of improvements to these fields. The City Council has budgeted $15,000 for that project. With the bid on the basketball court coming in low, we could have some more money for the ball field improvements.”