Panel seeks fix for park access plea

The Wapakoneta City Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee met Saturday to discuss a petition for expanded access to Veteran’s Park. About a dozen community members attended.

Residents of South Wentz Street and South Rauthland Avenue petitioned council May 5 to reopen the pedestrian gates at the end of their streets to allow safe access to the park.

Residents said that at that meeting that at one point, when the skate park was located at the park, there were problems, but now that the skate park has been moved, they want access reopened.

Paul Rogers, spokesman for the group, addressed the committee Saturday repeated their request and said that having children go through the South Wagner Avenue entrance is dangerous due to the heavy traffic.

Rogers aknowledged there is concern for a renewed problem with parking, especially with vehicles blocking driveways,  should the gates be reopened.

For the full story, see the Monday, May 12 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.