Reported by WVUA 23 Reporter Ashley Harmon

A new project to turn some open land in Deerfield into a park was introduced at the Northport City Council meeting on March 4.

The debate between residents got a little heated as residents of the Deerfield community discussed the new “quality of life” project proposed for District 5. The project is intended to enhance one of the older neighborhoods in the community off of Highway 82.

At the meeting, members of the Tuscaloosa Parks and Recreation Authority spoke about the plan and all that they are proposing to add to the park. The city of Northport owns a parcel of land in the middle of the neighborhood and maintains it, which is why they are looking to make this addition.

The addition would include a fenced-in area with a walking trail, picnic tables, benches and a playground. District 5 Councilman Jeff Hogg, who came up with the project, said the concerns of the residents will not be left unheard for the outcome of this project.

“Usually when you bring something that is new to a neighborhood, of course you are going to have some opposition because you don’t see the full plan in effect,” said Hogg. “Seeing what the residents have said, we will continue to look forward to this, to enhance neighborhoods to see what we can do, to see if this is a valuable option or not. We just want to make sure that all the residents are heard.”

After Monday night’s meeting, the proposed project still needs approval.

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