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Parking stalls, visitation of city parks to be evaluated

The city Bureau of Codes is taking an inventory of its city parks’ handicapped parking stalls.

The codes department staff will also provide estimates of how many vendors use and guests annually visit the various city recreational facilities such as Brandon Park, Memorial Park, Shaw Place Park, Newberry Park, Lose Park, Veterans Memorial Park and Youngs Woods Park.

Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator, said the task to calculate the number of parking stalls for the community was a volunteer assignment requested by the city accessibility advisory commission.

Evaluating what parking needs and visitation estimates for the parks is expected to take several months, Gerardi said.

The commission recently began its first large project and that is to evaluate parks in terms of accessibility needs — whether they are met or if additional steps need to be taken.

Gerardi said it would be helpful to have Kayla Drummond, the city recreation director, attend the next commission meeting to get her perspective on the parks and needs in terms of accessibility.

The city has a parks master plan albeit one that was completed in December 2006.

The master plan was a compilation prepared by the city and SEDA-Council of Governments in Lewisburg 15 years ago.

The next meeting is 3 p.m. May 6 by remote means.

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