The Forest Park swimming pool is scheduled to open, May 29, weather and water temperature permitting. According to Park Board president Ruthann Jeffries, at last night's meeting at City Hall, the pool has never opened this early before. The opening is subject to a last minute change if the water temperature does not meet required readings.
The Board discussed a letter received from Sarah Hoke regarding the possibility of putting a skateboard park at Craig Park. She said that a group of parents have done some research and are looking into grants and other funding sources. However, they think the guarantee of space is needed before they continue to pursue funding options. Jeffries will meet with Hoke and her group for discussion sometime in the near future.
Jennifer Bass signed a contract with the Board to host a softball tournament in honor of her late father, Kenny Bass. She anticipates that 8-10 teams will participate. Money raised from the tournament will be donated to the Christmas in the Park Committee and the Park Board. The board discussed safety requirements from the insurance company. They will put pea gravel under the playground equipment at all three parks. They will place four signs saying No swimming. No boating. Fishing only, around both Craig Park ponds at a cost of $236.40. The board also discussed safety regarding the swimming pool and merry-go-round.
The board voted 3-0, with Treasurer John Tilley absent due to illness, to allow a North Clay Middle School Girl Scout Troop to do some work to complete their Golden Award.
In other action the board approved for pool manager Sara Osborn to buy two life guard tubes and a pool cleaning net not to exceed $250.
Jeffries advised the board that McCurdy's owner, Margie Bryant, is donating all paint needed to paint the rest rooms at the Forest Park pavilion. The donation is a considerable savings to the board and they voiced their appreciation to McCurdy's.
The board will check to see if the jail inmates can do the paining. If they are not available, the board will hire it done.