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West Point implements park policy

July 3, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
AND WILL NATIONS
www.dailytimesleader.com

The City of West Point has implemented an across-the-board policy to regulate scheduling for its parks. The policy will apply to all city parks, including Sally Kate Winters Park, Zuber Park, Marshall Park, Progress Street Park and the Jesse Harmon Sportsplex.
As of Tuesday, citizens now must contact either City Hall or the Parks and Recreation Department to reserve the parks for use for functions and events.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the main drive for the policy was to set up a scheduling system for the parks. The West Point Parks and Recreation department already handled scheduling for some of the parks, but the city wanted to make a policy consistent for all parks, according to Robinson.
“Residents wanting to use one of our parks for things like family reunions, class reunions, fundraisers and other activities like that will have to call city hall for Zuber Park and Sally Kate Winters Park, and the Parks and Recreation Department for the other parks,” Robinson said.
Fundraising events will not be allowed at Sally Kate Winters park, according to Robinson, because the city wants to keep that park non-commercial.
In addition to scheduling, the policy also regulates what is and isn’t allowable in the city’s parks, according to Robinson. He said all activities at the parks must cease at 11 p.m., and that no alcohol, tobacco or firearms will be allowed. No amplified sound above 50 decibels will be allowed, per city code, and dogs brought into the parks must be leashed or muzzled as specified by the animal control ordinance.
Also, no jumpers or inflatable playhouses and slides will be allowed for any activities in the parks due to liability, according to Robinson.
West Point Park and Recreation Director James Crowley said he previously allowed the use of inflatables by park patrons holding insurance, but understood the liability presented by the playhouses and slides when on city property.

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