Parks board to dead trees: You’re going down

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Brazil Parks Superintendent Marv Moon said this bridge in Forest Park is safe. Concern about it was expressed at the September Board of Parks and Recreation meeting.
Frank Phillips photo

The “biggest concern I hear” was addressed by Carrol Evans, president of the Brazil Board of Parks and Recreation Tuesday night.

“We need to make our parks safe and the biggest concern I hear is dead trees,” Evans said.

The board plans to harvest the wood and give it free of charge to the community for firewood.

Cutting the trees will be done over a period of time and may begin this Friday.

If anyone can use firewood from the dead trees in the parks, call Marv Moon, 812-531-9897.

In other business to come before the board:

•Treasurer Zack Stultz expressed concern about the wooden bridge at Forest Park. He asked Moon, the Brazil parks superintendent, to check it for safety on Wednesday.

Moon said Wednesday he checked the bridge and thinks it may need minor maintenance but it is safe.

• The inaugural Haunted Hollars has been scheduled 4-8 p.m., Oct. 28, in Forest Park.

There will be a bean dinner, a bouncy house and games such as ring toss, can toss, bean bag toss, hayrides and haunted haulers tours.

At 8 p.m., a free movie will be presented by the Brazil Main Street organization.

All money raised will go to playground equipment.

• Eddie Treadway, representing Christmas in the Park brought three concerns to the board.

First, Treadway said Christmas in the Park (CIP) was billed $200 for electricity being used by Pepsi machines in the swimming pool concession stand.

The board agreed to reimburse Christmas in the Park for the electric bill and said Pepsi will be removing the outdoor machines before winter and suggested Treadway unplug the machines inside the concession stand.

Second, Treadway asked the board to allow CIP to move the annual June Strawberry Festival from the courthouse lawn to the pavilion at Forest Park. The board consented to his request and said it would be nice to have fa playground for the children to play on while adults visited in the pavilion.

Third, Treadway asked if the board had been approached about CIP having a 5K run on Dec. 2. He was told that request needs to go through Police Chief Clint McQueen.

• It was brought to the board’s attention that the tennis net being used as a divider on the pickleball courts needs to be taller.

Hurricane Irma brought at least one person to Clay County from Florida. His name was not given but he told people at the courts he was in Brazil Sunday due to Hurricane Irma and wanted to play pickleball, said Georgia Day, an avid pickleball player.

• Janet McClellan, the board secretary, presented the results of a recent random survey she had taken about the parks.

One of the suggestions was to provide a golf cart or similar transportation from the bandshell to the concession stand at band concerts. People with limited mobility said it was all they can do to take their seats during the summer concerts.

• Last Saturday’s Fishing Fun Day attracted 74 children who registered.

Many caught fish including catfish, bluegill, bass, even a turtle and a water snake that was about 4-feet long.

“We’re really happy,” Evans said, adding she is proud to be a part of a community that does things like this.

Evans also announced that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources wants to partner with the parks board and provide an educational program on Fishing Fun Day next year.

• Finally, Evans suggested the board look into creating a holly arboretum featuring various kinds of holly plants with signs that explain what people are looking at. The arboretum would probably be placed in Craig Park if there is enough interest in pursuing it.

The next park board meeting has been changed to 6 p.m., Oct. 17, in City Hall.

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  • Have anyone checked the stone supports on the bridge? They are crumbling away and poise a danger of collapsing, need remortered. Many safety factors in our parks have been over looked.

    -- Posted by Debra72 on Thu, Sep 14, 2017, at 7:48 PM
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