GRANGER - The attractions at Granger's Hisey Park continue to grow and last night members of the Granger community came out in droves to put some of the newest features to the test.
Thursday evening, Granger hosted a community appreciation day at Hisey Park, which included free paddle boat and surrey rentals, $1 hotdogs and a chance to test out the newly covered patio area that is attached to the Dinostore.
Although the Dinostore itself was completed nearly two years ago, Granger's Public Works Department has been hard at work continuing to ensure the project at Hisey Park continues to grow. In recent years not only has the Dinostore been built, which offers park patrons a place to come in for a quick meal or snack, but a stage has been constructed that juts out into the pond, a small dock has been built to store the paddle boats, a dino raceway has been constructed and most recently the covered eating area was completed.
According to a member of the Granger Public Works crew, the covered seating area and dino raceway were completed just about three months ago. The dino raceway consists of a fenced in black top area that houses tricycles, which are available for use to children under the age of seven.
Granger Public Works Director Jack Burnes said they decided to build the raceway for the younger children because there weren't a lot of other attractions in the park for them to play on. He added that all of the tricycles included in the dino raceway were donated by members of the community.
As for the covered seating area constructed outside of the Dinostore, Burnes said when it was built it was intended to serve simply as a shady place for community members to rest while their children played on the park equipment. He said since the covered patio was constructed it has been used for everything from club meetings to birthday parties.
Burnes explained that the intent of adding new attractions to Hisey Park is to bring more visitors into the community. He pointed to the surreys and noted that the intent of the bicycle-like vehicles is to give visitors a chance to ride through the community and visit not only the park but downtown Granger as well.
"We're trying to benefit the city as a whole," Burnes said.
He added that having a place like Hisey Park also gives the community something they can be proud of.