Rochester residents ask for changes to Silver Lake Park

Rochester residents ask for changes to Silver Lake Park

Posted: Mon Oct 15 05:04:45 PDT 2018
Updated: Mon Oct 15 05:04:45 PDT 2018

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neighbors who live around silver lake park in rochester think it needs improvements. they've formed a volunteer group to advocate for the park and are now asking the city to take action. live kimt news three's deedee stiepan joins us live this morning to explain. this park is not only very important to the people who live around á silver lake park is also used by thousands of medical patients and other visitors of the city. and according to a group of volunteers who have organized as the silver lake friends group á it needs some work. "i call it a very good park but it does need some help." silver lake park has special meaning for greg munson. "i grew up just about a block away from here.." that's why this summer á he and other neighbors including shaun palmer formed silver lake friends. "we were talking and it kind of became obvious to us that we're really trying to help an old friend, we've all spent time as a kid here and enjoyed this park." the group of volunteers have met several times to identify some problem areas within the park. they've created a priority list of 3 things that they feel need immediate attention. one being the east pavillion á which is nearly 100 years old. munson says the bathrooms are in dire need of work. "i would say i'm comfortable calling them appaulable at best." but that's not all. "you can see some peeling on the roof of the building here that needs some work. there's some other things, we'd like to replace the drinking fountain, we'd like to make better fixtures in the restrooms and put some better lighting in, ventalation and so on." another area that needs attention is the trail connecting the 3 iconic stone arch bridges. right now á it is not accessible to everyone. "what would you like to see with the path here." "well there's a big lip here it gets muddy, we just walked through some muddy soft areas. you know people come from respite, they come with a wheel chair and they can't make that and we really do want to make it accessible and you can see this is nothing more than a trip hazard. it's worn away, it's not going to be good for the structure (nats) the group is asking the city to authorize paving of this quarter mile pedestrian trail. the third issue is this. (nats) it's the city snow dump where all the snow from the downtown area is taken... "with all the salt and all the debris, they let it all melt here and before the 4th of july fireworks, they pump out the salt and dump it into the lake." the silver lake friends believe this 5 acre piece of the park could be put to much better use. over the winter á the group plans to work with the parks department to develop a master plan for silver lake park to take care of some of their other priorities. one being what they call the "elephant in the park... " the geese. its estimated that the park is home to a canadian goose populaton of around 500 geese. while liked by many á they've also created problems with the large amount of droppings they leave. silver lake friends want to work with parks to come up with a plan to manage the resident goose population and minimize their negative impact on the park. live in rochester thanks deedee. silver lake friends will be requesting these changes and improvements tonight during the city council meeting. we'll have a reporter there and will bring you an update tonight at ten./
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