The Turlock Parks and Recreation Commission held a meeting to get input and feedback concerning possibilities involving the location of a water feature to be built at Columbia Park.
The meeting was held at Columbia Park where approximately 75 people attended. Most attending were from the neighborhood.
City staff sent out notification letters regarding the meeting to any residence within 1000 feet of Columbia Park. The standard distance for notification is 500 feet.
Input was sought on two major issues, the water feature’s location within Columbia Park and whether it should be fenced or not.
Two potential locations were discussed, right next to Columbia Pool while possibly being connected with an adjoining gate and in the middle of the park closer to the picnic arbors and playgrounds.
The fence issue seemed to go hand in hand mostly with the possibility of putting it next to the pool.
Then another issue came up, money.
Discussion between the city staff, citizens, and the Parks and Recreation Commission included whether or not the city should charge to use the water feature (requiring that it be fenced), will a free to use water feature detrimentally impact Columbia Pool’s swim numbers and revenue, and the option to privately rent out the water feature.
Parks and Recreation Chairman Brent Bohlender asked for a show of hands in favor of each location and then again for people in favor of fencing the water feature.
The crowd overwhelmingly showed support to locate the water feature next to the pool while less than ten people voted to fence either location.
Three renditions of possible water feature designs were also on display during the meeting.
Council Members Kurt Spycher, Amy Bublak, and Mary Jackson showed up to observe the discussion.
Another Turlock City Parks, Recreation & Community Commission Meeting has been scheduled for September 16th at 6:00pm at City Hall where action will be taken on making a recommendation to the Turlock City Council on placement and fencing of the Columbia Park Water Feature.
The public is invited to speak on the issues before this goes before the Turlock City Council in the near future.
The Columbia Park Water Feature project is expected to be completed by May 2010.