This past year has been a shaky one for the City of Muncie’s Parks Board, and tonight’s meeting was no different. City resident, Wayne Scaife, complained to the Board, and more specifically to Parks Board President, Mary Beth Lambert, that he, and other residents, have felt like there is “disparity of treatment” on how the board handles its meetings, and requests from citizens. Mr. Scaife presented several examples to illustrate the “rudeness” exhibited by the Board President, and at one point, he complained that Ms. Lambert’s comments about park fees made to Fox59 News during an interview were “outright lies”. Unfortunately, Ms. Lambert was unable to hear the complaints, since she did not attend the meeting this evening.
Many residents are still upset about the $2.95 million spent at Tuhey Park when all other parks have received very little attention. Residents have requested that light maintenance and repairs be performed at McCullough Park, but they were not completed in a timely manner, and sometimes, not at all. If you have made requests to the Muncie Parks Department, or Muncie Parks Board, and they have not been attended to, you can send an email to Muncie Voice at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will follow through on your request.
Additional news from the Parks Board meeting:
- Fees should stay relatively the same for 2012 – for existing park fees, you can visit http://www.cityofmuncie.com/index/City-Muncie-Departments/Parks-Recreation/ParkFees.asp
- Canan Commons is now open, and will shortly begin taking reservations for 2012.
- The $250 thousand playground structure at Tuhey Park should be finished within the next two weeks, and a ribbon cutting ceremony will be announced by December’s meeting.
- Ball Foundation contributed monies toward the spray pad at Tuhey, expediting construction plans.