The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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February 13, 2013

Steve Kime interview with Joan Riley

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ENID, Okla. —

Question 5: I understand an assessment was done of our parks. What can you tell me of the findings regarding safety of the equipment and parks?

Answer: As I mentioned, a park study and master plan was done by Howel and Vancuren out of Tulsa. Many of our parks have old playground equipment that does not meet today’s safety standards. All of this equipment needs to be replaced. Safety lighting was another strong suggestion, especially along the trail system. Playgrounds today are different than they were 20 years ago or more when these were installed. They include the encouragement of fine and gross motor skills and provide for improvement of overall health through play activity.

Question 6: ADA accessibility is an important component in our lives today. Does this bond proposal meet this need?

Answer: This proposal will update all our parks with ADA accessibility and in a shorter time frame. We are moving toward this goal now, but with limited funds it will take time to bring everything up to date.

Question 7: Five-thousand surveys were sent out during the assessment process. What did the surveys reveal? In other words, what did the citizens of Enid want in their parks system?

Answer: The surveys revealed that Enid citizens want a strong park and recreation system. They ranked highly special events, fitness opportunities, sports and adventure. They indicated a need for a community center and activities related to arts and crafts. In regard to our current facilities, they ranked the need for restrooms and water fountains highly along with general update of facilities and better maintenance. Ninety percent of the respondents agreed that the parks and recreation is an essential service to the city.

Question 8: What happens to Champlin Pool?

Answer: Champlin pool has served this community well, but is in its last years of life. Maintenance cost is drastically going to increase over the next couple of years. The pool had a life expectancy of 40 and is now in its 60s. The site will not be left an empty pool but would be filled in and either a playground or parking will take its place )or any number of other ideas that may not have been thought of yet). The community may have suggestions as well for that site. It would not serve our purpose to improve quality of life in one area by leaving it blighted in another; so I can assure you that something will be done and a deep hole will not be left to deteriorate.

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