Board proactively looking to bolster safety
By Joshua Maloni
The inclusive playground at Marilyn Toohey Park is now open – splash pad included – and families and children have taken a liking to the new recreational area.
Village of Lewiston trustees acknowledged this at their meeting Tuesday, but also suggested more can be done to keep the play space safe.
“I’ve seen a lot of kids out there today – older kids – they were gathering underneath the pavilion,” Deputy Mayor Vic Eydt said. “They weren’t horsing around or anything; they were being good. But kids (are hanging out). I think that we should take a look at possibly putting in cameras and tying it in (to the Lewiston Police Department).”
Treasurer Stephanie Longwell said, “I have left a message to get (price) quotes. I have not heard back yet.”
“OK; so, it’s something we’re already working on,” Eydt said.
“Yes,” she replied.
Mayor Anne Welch said the clerk’s office is looking into pricing to update the entire camera setup in and around the park behind the Red Brick Municipal Building.
“Also the bathroom, because we’ve been having a lot of issues with vandalism in our bathroom,” Longwell said.
“I think it would be money well spent,” Eydt said.
Welch said she spoke with Dave Rulli Electric about adding additional illumination underneath the pavilion “just to kind of light that up at night, so it’s not dark – so kids can’t sit there in the dark. I think that’s a good security measure, also.”
Trustee Dan Gibson said the existing playground fencing, which isn’t connected on all sides, “defeats the purpose.”
Mayor Anne Welch and Deputy Mayor Vic Eydt pose at the splash pad inside the inclusive playground at Marilyn Toohey Park. The site was popular during the midweek heat wave. (Submitted photos)