Increased Park Use Brings Safety Concerns, Meeting Planned

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

Parks should be used, right? Well the city says one local park is being used so much it's causing safety concerns. Now officials are looking to make some changes and they want to hear from you.

Westlake Park has a little something for everyone. A skate park, walking trails, a playground for the kids, an even disc golf. But the growing popularity of the park has officials concerned. "It's about taking about all those uses and making sure everything works together and everyone's safe and happy," says Traci Weiland, Recreation Superintendent. They have scheduled a meeting this week to talk to park users and nearby neighborhoods.

While there hasn't been any problems just yet, Traci Wieland says that the city is being proactive. One way to do that is to solicit ideas from park users on how to make it better. "One of the ideas that has come up is to possibly relocate some or all of the disc golf park to the undeveloped part of the park to the west," says Weiland. Players like Ethan Shute agree, "I think it would be a great idea, give us more area to play and move the holes away from the playground especially. Concerned parents feel the same way, because there have been some close calls. "There was a lady playing earlier today and her kid threw a disc and it came within inches of hitting my daughter in the head and that terrifies me," says Samantha Shute.

It's concerns like this that the parks and recreation department want to hear about. So that no matter what enjoy doing, you can still have fun at Westlake Park.

The city is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, June 30th at 7:00 pm at Westlake Park. The park is located at 125 West Orchard Avenue behind the City Market.

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