Discussion on park rules, possible spring event on tap for White
by Jon Gargis
Oct 04, 2010 | 1375 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
White councilmen tonight could discuss and ultimately approve a set of rules that would apply to the city's James A. White Memorial Park.

City Manager Jane Richards brought forth last month a proposed set of rules that govern who can use the park, the hours of operation for its restrooms and children's playground and more. Some of the suggested regulations, if approved, would ban overnight parking in the parking lot and require those wanting to use the park's stage/pavilion to obtain a permit from the city.

The pavilion was built earlier this year and features electricity, lights and ceiling fans. It was just one of the improvements the city made to the park this year; other additions included the restroom facilities and a new merry-go-round and swing seats and chains in the children's play area.

Councilmen discussed the rules at last month's reading but tabled them so they would have more time to review it and determine if rules needed to be amended or added. Richards said several members gave suggestions for rules following that meeting, such as ordering dogs to be kept on a leash and tasking owners with cleaning up after them. Another suggested rule would state that park visitors would not be allowed to smoke, consume alcohol or use drugs on the premises.

In addition to considering those suggestions, Richards said the council also may look at the hours residents would be able to visit the park. While the proposed rule set states that the park would open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m., the closing time could be amended to better parallel with nightfall, so the park may stay open later during the summer hours but close earlier when the days become shorter.

But residents may be allowed, Richards added, to continue to use the walk path until 10 p.m., as she said some users of the path may enjoy walking amid the cooler temperatures of the evening hours.

Also on the agenda is a discussion of the potential to hold an event in the park this spring.

The council meets at 7 p.m. in city hall.