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Posted on: June 8, 2017

Limited Group Activity to be Allowed in John Collins Park

John Collins Park
At its Monday, June 5 meeting, the City Commission adopted a policy recommended by the Parks and Recreation Commission to allow group (commercial and non-commercial) activity in John Collins Park.

“Knowing we have residents and businesses that have expressed interest in using John Collins for group activity and we had residents opposed to this option, I believe we were tasked with finding a balance of needs,” said Stacey Wykoski, Parks and Recreation Commission chairperson.

“We feel this new policy strikes a balance and creates an opportunity for increased access of our park – while not impeding passive enjoyment of our beautiful space.”

 A variety of views were expressed during two public input opportunities and through written communications from residents and business owners. After much debate, the commission determined that group activity in John Collins Park would be allowed by permit only with the following restrictions:
  1. Specified area between boathouse and restroom building, excluding walkways
  2. Tuesday through Thursday only from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., once a week per permit
  3. Maximum of two events in a day and only one event at a time
  4. No audio equipment allowed and vocal level must be no louder than speaking voice
  5. Maximum participants is 15
  6. Resident/non-resident price structure and registration deadlines to be determined by the Parks and Recreation Director
  7. Additional enforcement is requested by Public Safety
  8. Permit users are required to leave the park the way they found it with minimal impact
  9. A one-year trial basis from date of approval 

“There are often assumed concerns when something new is proposed, but we will not truly know if those concerns are a reality until we try it,” Wykoski said. “From this trial period, we’ll be able to get a real handle on how expanded use of our park will affect our residents and visitors.

“I thank everyone who came together to express their thoughts and concerns on this matter. We are fortunate to have first-rate parks, like John Collins, in our community and our commission is dedicated to protecting and promoting our public spaces.”
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