The Porter Town
Council heard a request Tuesday for something to be done to improve Kids
from the floor at last night’s Council meeting, Porter Cove resident Gus
Brown said he and some of his neighbors in the subdivision want to work with
the Town to raise money for new playground equipment. He said he doesn’t
think the Council members however have a plan to move forward with the park,
leaving it “a muddy mess” while more has been done for Hawthorne Park.
Porter Cove has
about 220 homes and somewhere between 20 and 25 percent of the Town’s
population and the park serves a significant portion of the town, Brown
disappointed that we are left with what we have,” Brown said. “We’re
wondering why it’s going in one direction. I am here to challenge you to
Greg Stinson said the notion that the Town doesn’t care for Porter Cove and
doesn’t have a plan for the park is not true. The issue, he said, is “money
is tight all over.” The reason Hawthorne Park is getting new equipment is
that it too had structures that were failing and the Town had received
enough money in donations that it could provide a match for the grant to get
new equipment put in, he said.
Now that the grant
is finished, whatever money is put into the park donation fund can be used
for other things like Kids Cove Park, Stinson said. Thousands of dollars are
made in parks donations each year, he said, from events like the Porter
Perfect Pint, race series events and donations by local businesses. The Town
is always looking for creative ways to get additional funds, he told Brown.
Brown said Porter
Cove residents are willing to work together with the Town to raise the
funds, but would like the Council’s guidance on making sure the funds are
raised in the right manner.
Brian Bugajski said a new plan for Kids Cove started in 2015 with a
discussion meeting with the residents. The first step is to remove unsafe
structures, which is currently underway. The next part will be to rehab the
drainage system and that will need to be done before any new equipment can
be installed, he said.
Brown said he has
been in contact with Bugajski about making progress but he would like to see
the Council, as leaders of the Town, articulate and endorse a plan.
The Porter Cove
Homeowner’s Association is willing to help with the drainage needs and
seeking grants, Brown said, but asked for the Council’s direction.
“There is a lot of
pent up energy and desire. We have a lot of young families to put in energy,
but we don’t know how we’re going to get off the ground. We need your
guidance,” he said to the Council.
Brown have a meeting with Bugajski, the Park Department’s Council liaison
Erik Wagner and Council member Bill Lopez, whose ward includes Porter Cove.
More residents from
Porter Cove sat in on the meeting and spoke to Council members afterward
about how they can help raise funds.
Lopez thanked the
residents for coming to Council and said he encourages citizens to get