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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Residents around Hanes Park shared their thoughts on planned improvements to the park Tuesday night. The park, one of the most popular in the city, was donated by the Hanes family to residents nearly 100 years ago to be used as a park and by the school system for athletics.

City-hired landscapers met with residents at Wiley School Tuesday evening to hear suggestions on improvements to the park. One million dollars has been set aside, thanks to voter-approved bonds, to pay for the improvements.  

While the city moves forward with plans for improvements, parents of students at Reynolds High School, along with community groups, are working  to raise money for a new football stadium to be built next to the park. Surrounding neighbors are concerned the stadium's increase in traffic will cause problems for the neighborhoods and the environment of the park.

“What we want to try and do is to look at how all of the improvements to Hanes Park as well as the potential stadium that might come ... how all those can integrate and fit together," said Tim Grant, head of the city parks and recreation department.  "We want to do this so one entire area becomes more beautiful and more sensitive to the needs of the community as well as the school system.”

The city hopes to have a master plan for improvements by this fall and to begin work as early as next spring.