The Parks Department agreed to several immediate improvements to the little park on Morris Avenue at a meeting on March 8 at the home of Megan Gardner and Tim Merrish. The City will wait for more advice from a meeting of residents planned for April on a number of additional changes to be made this year Summit Neighborhood Association will also spread the word and stands ready to help as requested.
Beth Charlebois of the Parks Department and Councilman Kevin Jackson joined Megan and a few neighbors on Wednesday, March 8 to talk about the needs of the often 0verlooked little park on Morris Avenue, which is in need of some repair and refreshing. Megan and Tim had great pictures for us to work from and Mark Binder, who lives next to the park filled us in on the evolution of the site, which was created as a sunken park (since filled in) back in the 1970s.
Beth agreed to remove some “weed” trees and to look at the condition of the largest tree, which probably needs to be removed. The entire kids area will also get a new carpet of wood chips and a cracked wall will be mended. The kids area will be regraded to eliminate a tripping hazard.
Left for further discussion are where and how to divide the fenced area for toddlers from the front area, which is more of a resting and gathering area for adults and older kids. Other issues include how to improve safety and play value in the toddler area and the appearance and enjoyment of the front.
Megan says, “We are planning another meeting at the park in approx. 3-5 weeks and will send out another notice as to the time/date. At this meeting we can consider choosing additional play features and also the possibility of extending the park to the sidewalk or improving the existing plaza. Your comments/concerns are welcome!! Please tell anyone else who might be interested that this is a happening thing!!!”