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COOK PARK AREA RESIDENTS NOT THRILLED WITH SPLASHPAD PLAN

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THE FUTURE OF A PROPOSED SPLASH PAD FOR COOK PARK IS IN QUESTION FOLLOWING A PUBLIC MEETING ON THE PLAN TUESDAY NIGHT AT CITY HALL.

AROUND TEN PEOPLE ATTENDED THE MEETING WITH PARK BOARD MEMBERS AND CITY OFFICIALS.

MOST OF THE CITIZENS ATTENDING WERE OPPOSED TO THE $200-THOUSAND DOLLAR SPLASH PAD FOR VARIOUS REASONS AND WANTED TO SEE THE PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL REMAIN OPEN.

CITY PARKS DIRECTOR MATT SALVATORE SAYS THAT WON’T LIKELY HAPPEN BECAUSE THERE’S NO MONEY BUDGETED TO OPERATE COOK POOL FOR ANOTHER YEAR:


OC………NEXT YEAR. ;12

THE SPLASH PAD AS CURRENTLY PROPOSED WOULD HAVE NO STAFFING, AND SOME RESIDENTS FEAR TRANSIENTS WOULD USE IT TO BATHE AND THERE WOULD BE DANGERS TO CHILDREN PLAYING THERE.

THOSE ATTENDING SAID THEY’D RATHER SEE BASKETBALL COURTS, SOCCER FIELDS OR BETTER LIGHTING IN THE PARK THAN A SPLASH PAD.

SALVATORE SAYS RESIDENTS OF THE WESTSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD WILL BE POLLED TO SEE WHAT THEY DO WANT IN THE PARK:


OC……..AT THIS PARK. ;08

THAT SURVEY WILL TAKE PLACE EARLY NEXT YEAR.

SALVATORE SAYS IT WILL LIKELY BE THE SUMMER OF 2018 BEFORE A SPLASH PAD OR OTHER AMENITIES WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED.