Commission offers updates on city parks

BURTON — Plans for a new fence around the Water Tower Park, located next to Burton Fire Station No. 1, 2029 E Bristol Rd., could happen later this month or in early September.

City Councilwoman Tina Conley, who also serves on the parks and recreation commission, said the original plan was for the new fence to be installed in July, but that has now been pushed to later I the summer.

Jeremy Scharrer, chairman of the parks and recreation commission, said when the new fence goes in there will be a need for some cleanup.

“It’s kind of hard to plan until we know when fence is going up,” he said at the July 14 commission meeting. “There will need to trim some trees and the garden will have to be removed. There were a couple other things we saw when we walked through.”

Scharrer said the extra work will be necessary because with the removal of the old fence, which is badly damaged in many places, the city will be reducing the size of the fence perimeter so some groundskeeping and tree trimming will be necessary.

The city decided to shrink the fence area some so the city snowplow can remove snow more easily on the street and parking lot around the park, as much of the damage to the current fence was caused by plowing.

Scharrer also gave a report on Settlement Park, located on Atherton Road west of Center Road. He said after taking a walk through the property he believes it is a beautiful site which should be better utilized by the city.

“We should move with people doing things in the park,” he said. “I don’t want people to see a vacant piece of land. There’s no signage there, just a vacant piece of land.”

Scharrer said by holding events in Settlement Park it would be a way to let locals who ride ATVs and dirt bikes on the property now that it is not a vacant piece of land. He said he is looking into the purchase of an inflatable screen so the city could show Movies in the Park – possibly before the end of this summer.

He said he will continue to explore the outdoor movies plan, but also wants the commission to consider new signage for the park to make sure it is properly designated as a city park.