Park board discusses ball field parking issues

EAST LIVERPOOL – Problems with parking at the ball fields in Thompson Park were discussed by the park board this week.

At the board’s approval, Superintendent J.C. Blackhurst had implemented a field use policy to alleviate problems with parking, scheduling the field and other issues, but he told members that few coaches had signed off on the policy and the common response he hears is the park is a public place so why should there be any rules about parking.

Blackhurst was advised to call police and have vehicles towed if the owners refuse to cooperate with parking rules.

The superintendent also told the board he had received a call from a parent in regard to the mound on the girls’ softball field saying there is not supposed to be a mound in girls’ softball.

Board members noted that, since the field is currently not being used by the girls’ team, it is not an issue this year.

The parent had also asked whether grant money was used to help build the field, and Blackhurst was told to advise her she will need to ask the school district where the money came from, since it funded a large portion of the project.

It was reported Home Depot in Boardman donated steel roofing panels for use in the park, and the board voted to have Blackhurst purchase another $200 in materials to combine with the panels to repair the restroom by Pavilion No. 1.

The board had previously discussed renting portable toilets instead of repairing the roof on the toilet but decided that the $130 per week cost was too expensive.

Upcoming events in the park include a disc golf tournament May 24 and movie nights at 8:30 p.m. June 21, 28, July 5, 19 and Aug. 19 and the Music and Arts Appreciation Festival Aug. 16-17.

The next board meeting is at 4 p.m. June 17 at the baseball field.