Editorial: Decision no walk in the park for city board

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 04:18 PM.

The first step is that the city must request from the state a reduction of the 45 mph speed limit on Lewis Farm Road. That simply makes sense. The road has some curves that could pose problems for drivers and horses alike.

We also think strict hours must be enforced at the park. Residents on the road should not be subject to heavy traffic at night.

We think the city recreation staff needs to work with the owners of the horse stables to coordinate schedules. Should there be a show or big event at the stables on a Saturday, the city should decide not to use the park on that day. Officials of the youth leagues that would use the space also should be understanding of the needs of those horse stable owners during these particular times.

With such assurances to the nearby property owners as well as assurances to city residents that property taxes will not increase because of the new recreation area, the plan can go forward.

Though there are no guarantees the city will receive the state grant needed for the project, we believe the city would be wise to at least apply for it. The park would help solve the problem of much-needed recreation space at a comparatively small price. It’s time to play ball.

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