Anna City Park

The entrance to Anna City Park in Anna.

ANNA — Over the past few years, the city of Anna has spent about $1 million for renovations and other improvements in its 50-acre Anna City Park.

In an attempt to protect those investments, the City Council will discuss a bid for security systems in the park. The Council plans to discuss this issue at its meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Center, 400 S. Main St.

The council will be reviewing the bid from Tech Guy Consulting, at $9,535.87, the lowest bid for the project, according to city administrator Steve Guined. That company was recommended by the city’s police chief, who will work with the new security system.

The basketball and tennis courts have been upgraded, and a new band shell and bathrooms and concession stand have been installed, he said. The band shell is used for concerts and to show movies in the park; one of the last ones for the season will be on Friday, Oct. 27.

“Like most communities our size … (we) have had some vandalism issues out at the public park and stuff like that,” Guined said. “So we (invest) lot of money out there, and we’re going to install some security cameras out there to assist the police department to … keep an eye on things.”

The technology company, which does work throughout Southern Illinois, will also develop a “hot spot” in the park for visitors, Guined said.

This year, the city has implemented $320,000 worth of improvements, Guined said.


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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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