by Amy H. Peterson
The Parks &?Rec board took to Thoreson Park Monday night for their annual potluck dinner.
The new business of the night was memorial benches. The board considered a request from Nancy Payne?for a memorial bench in Library Square.
"She would like to put a bench in library square in memory of her husband,"?City Administrator Penny Clayton said. "She has been told by us that there is no more room in Library Square. She replied there is plenty of room in Library Square."
Board member Joan Heckard said, "That isn't for her to decide."?
While there is space in Library Square, most of it would conflict with an existing use if additional benches were installed, Clayton explained.
"How many people have we told no?"?Clayton asked Parks & Rec secretary?Jill Nissen.
Nissen said, "Three or four."?
The board discussed the concern of having a "line of benches"?as the view to Library Square.
There is a possibility, Clayton said, of space at the north end of the park, and a possibility of space for benches along the new trails.
"People are looking at how much water will affect it,"?Clayton said. "The river front will flood."?
"We are going to have opportunities out here [along the trails] Gary Phillips said. "It's going to be a great area out here."?
The board received another request from?Livia Payne, asking for a memorial bench in Lincoln Park.
The Board discussed the Lights on After School event scheduled for Sept. 22 in Library Square.
"Jill and Emily have been working really hard putting that together,"?Clayton said.
An event for grades pre-K to sixth grade, the board is planning games and activities to take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 22.
Board member Tina Jensen said, "Our church had a carnival, there was a carnival for the Family Fun Night at Demoney, it seems like September is one carnival night after another."
Clayton said, "This is something to perhaps measure the impact and consider how we will do it in future years."
In other business, the board looked at the bills and revenue from the swimming pool.
"We've spent about 52 percent of our pool budget this year,"?Clayton said.
The board also discussed the ongoing agenda items of a dog park and the work of the pool committee on a new aquatic center.
The next Parks &?Rec Board meeting will take place at the city council chambers Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m.