Public works at work

Clinton McNemee, municipal public works director, speaks in May at a governing body meeting.

The City of Atchison plans to gather public input concerning the potential closing of Morrow Park.

The event is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church at South Eighth and Spring Garden.

This consideration is part of an overall strategy to ‘right-size’ Atchison’s public park lands in relation to factors such as population and available resources for maintenance and improvements. When compared to similar communities, there exists a wide gap between available resources and maintenance liabilities in terms of park lands in Atchison.

Other components of the right-sizing strategy include increasing funding for operations and improvements, promoting volunteer opportunities and reducing liabilities by decommissioning or re-purposing low-demand facilities.

In a 2016 park survey, Morrow Park ranked last in usage with 4 percent of 403 respondents who indicated that a member of their household visits the park. In the end, the goal is not to reduce park resources but rather to focus those resources on betterutilized parks and facilities.

Citizens who cannot attend the session are encouraged to provide feedback in other ways as all standard forms of communication are welcome.

Friends of the Park program set

The Atchison Public Works Department announces early registration for the new 2019 volunteer program called ‘Friends of the Park’ which is designed to promote, coordinate and implement volunteer efforts by coupling the demand for community service opportunities with addressing the needs of the City parks system.

The premise of the program is that individuals or groups would adopt certain parks or public areas with the intent to coordinate 2 to 4 cleanup activities per year. There is also a ‘Friends of Oak Hill Cemetery’ opportunity.

Interested parties may visit the City’s website for more information about the program and how to apply — www.cityofatchison.com; City Resources; Parks & Facilities; Volunteer Opportunities — or contact the City Shop at 913-367-5561.

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