Forest Park figured heavily on the agenda for the Brazil Park's and Recreation Board meeting on Wed.
The Christmas in the Park organization once again appeared on the agenda, with contract negotiations as the topic. The previously disputed contract issue has been resolved, but there was an issue with the committee having the correct amount of insurance to cover any possible problems that remained. The board has given the new contracts to the committee, which have not been signed and returned yet. No one from the Christmas in the Park committee attended the meeting.
Playground equipment is still being discussed. The new equipment is here, but hasn't yet been constructed due to fears that vandals would destroy the newly purchased play set.
With all the vandalism in the parks recently, not to mention the town, Board President Ruth Ann Jeffries had second thoughts about putting the equipment out. This uncertainty has somewhat lessened since the park was allowed to hire "Park Rangers" for patrol.
The current problem is getting the area ready for installation of the equipment. Park Superintendent Bill Houck mentioned that the equipment will take several days to assemble and may need security to guard the pieces during the installation.
Houck also said that the new grill ordered for Babe Wheeler Park has arrived and will be installed soon.
Vandalism is still an issue, but is not as much of a factor as earlier in the summer. The park patrols have dramatically decreased the vandalism, however, illegal trash dumping is still a tremendous problem, especially at Forest Park.
The Board voted during the July meeting to investigate costs in putting up a large fenced area in which to place the dumpsters. Various companies were contacted, and Double Bee Fence Company will be handling the installation of the fence. They will be evaluating the fencing area next week.
Donna Dean English, resident, spoke to the board about the playground at Forest Park.
"This is a great playground, better than at Deming Park in Terre Haute," English said. "However, if you have a small child, you have to walk around the area to keep your child in sight. There are several areas that as an adult, you can't get through."
English would like the board to consider taking out some of the older; less used equipment in the center, and putting in benches for parents. She also mentioned that the boardwalk was difficult to get off, stating children can go over or under the fencing, but parents must complete the whole path before exiting.
The board will hold an executive meeting in two weeks to evaluate the area, and see if such changes are an option, or if other steps can be taken to create a more family-friendly play area.