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VANDALS CAUSE PARK CLOSING 9-17-14 LMS
The temporary September 10th closure of the Skate Park was a topic of discussion at that day’s meeting of the Parks and Recreation Team.
Parks and Recreation Team Chairman/City Councilman Rob Jackson told the September 17th meeting of the Salmon City Council the Salmon Police Department decision to close the Skate Park was due to the ongoing vandalism at the Skate Park, the Island Park restrooms and the Island Park Pavilion. Jackson said the situation was discussed by the team, members of the Calvary Chapel and the Police Department.
Jackson said the restrooms are presently being locked at night however whenever they aren’t, they are vandalized. Additional issues involve litter and other objects are being left around the Skate Park and graffiti damage inflicted on the pavilion and picnic tables. The group also discussed adults and minors smoking at the Skate Park and the use of ‘colorful’ language being used by all parties. Establishing a Skate Park sign-in sheet was suggested.
Jackson said a subsequent Calvary Chapel sponsored September 15 meeting was very successful. He told the City Council there were many Skate Park patrons in attendance and he especially thanked Police Sergeant Terry Stratton and Detective Leah Madsen for their participation. Jackson said everyone had a great attitude and he believes the organization being planned will be a big help in resolving Island Park issues.
The Parks and Recreation Team addressed a recent request from the Golf Course Association regarding procuring funds to install a vault style restroom at the half way point on the course. The association was referred to City Grants/Community Development Project Coordinator Mary Cerise for her assistance in locating some grant monies.
Jackson said the need to separate the City Park parking lot traffic from the park entrance traffic was another topic of discussion and was referred to the City Council.
During council discussion it was learned that Cerise has brought the traffic safety concerns at City Park to the attention of the Idaho Department of Transportation (IDT) and it would be willing to explore solutions. She encouraged the council to invite Jeff Eagle to participate in a meeting on the issues involved. Some suggestions included a speed bump that would make people use the official park entrance, more directional signs or a guard rail. Councilman Fred Waidely pointed out the area is in IDT’s Highway 28 right-of-way. He said he thinks a guard rail is the only solution which Councilman Jim Bockelman said would mean losing 50 percent of the available parking.
The councilmen said they would welcome safety input from the IDT and Cerise will look into obtaining it.
The next meeting of the Parks and Recreation Team will be October 8 at 3:30PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.
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