Public Responses Take Park Board To Next Step In Master Plan

SYRACUSE — Syracuse Park Board met at its normal time at 7 p.m. Monday. The board spent the time discussing ongoing projects, observing public survey results and approving of the new Lakeside Park restroom design.

Parks Superintendent Chad Jonsson reported for tree board eight selected locations for fall tree street planting he will be asking for a quotes on eight trees. On the topic of tree removals, Jeff Nicodemus asked what the requirements were for a tree to be removed. Jonsson replied Jerry Riffle goes through a process of assessing the tree such as whether or not it shows signs of decay, if the base of the tree is rotting or diseased and then entire list of reasons why the tree needs to come down is submitted.

The meeting moved onto reviewing the public survey, which will help the park board decide the next step in the master plan. The survey was open for a few weeks and received 163 responses, the majority of input coming from families who live outside the town. The board was able to see what the target demographic would be when bringing in new programs and additions to the parks. The survey also let the parks department know what they’re doing right, what they could improve on and gain perspective of the general public’s overall view on the parks as well as the department.

The next step was to decide if the survey should stay open longer or be closed. The board voted to close the survey, which will let Pat Brown, SiteScapes, and Jonsson begin a priority list based on the responses. The priorities will then determine when the projects will be worked on in the upcoming years. Once the list is created the board will be able to review and discuss it at the next board meeting in October.

Jonsson received two drawn options for the new Lakeside Park restrooms from Borkholder Buildings and Supply. The first option was of four individual family restrooms with the second option being of two separate sections for men and women. The four family rooms would be more cost efficient and more friendly to park attendants. The board voted for the first option and to have it attached to the south end of the pavilion. It will be equipped with automatic faucets, flushing, hand drying and lighting to cut down on overuse. The goal is for the restroom to be completed before Memorial Day next year.

For ongoing programs judo, pickleball and the farmers and artisan market continue as regularly scheduled. Yoga kids continues 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, until Oct. 25.

Pinterest party craft classes will continue once a month until the end of the year. The first one will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. The class will be creating book wreaths. It is $15 per class or $50 for four classes.

The Fall Harvest Festival will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14, at Lakeside Park. It will be the last day of the farmers and artisan market, celebrating with hayrides, a petting zoo, live music, games, pumpkin decorating and much more.

The fall and winter program guide is now available at the community center for a list and details of upcoming events.

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