A couple of issues have been brought to the Richmond Parks Board's attention regarding a spillway at Lake Reba in a meeting on Tuesday.
Joe Bentley, director of parks/grounds, explained that the dam inspector wants the spillway cleared out, but Bentley isn't exactly sure how much or what part the inspector wants cleared.
"I don't want to take out a half acre of stuff if I don't have to," Bentley said.
The inspector agreed to come to Richmond to walk around the spillway area with Bentley to spray what needs to be cleared and to mark trees that need to be removed, Bentley said.
"Roots can really hurt a foundation. They can damage concrete," he explained.
Once the spillway is cleared, Bentley will then focus his efforts on extending a barbed wire fence to keep people out of the spillway, which he said is a serious problem.
"I've put signs up," Bentley said. "It's a danger."
It's not the first time that Bentley has noticed people in the spillway, but he thought putting the signs up would have helped. The dam inspector also said that the parks department has to do a better job of keeping people out.
"It's a 25-foot fall onto solid concrete and rock," Bentley said. "They'll sit there with their feet in the water, and that spillway is mossy. It's slick.
"We do everything we can to keep them out."
Bentley said it's mostly college-age people who he's seen in the spillway, and he said it's becoming more and more of an issue.
"I've seen as many as 10 people down there one night," he said. Some of them, he continued, even used one of the no trespassing signs to lower themselves onto the spillway.
Beginning to look a lot like Christmas
With Tuesday being the last day for people to enter the parade, Elizabeth Eversole, program coordinator, said there's been 118 who have entered as of the afternoon meeting and 2,300 participants. But those numbers don't include people such as firefighters and police officers at the front of the parade.
The department will start setting up for the parade around 4:30 p.m. Friday and are planning to have the parade on Main Street by 7 p.m. This year, there will also be barricades to prevent attendees from getting too far in the street.
For this past Saturday holiday craft show, Erin Moore, director of recreation administration, said that despite the constant rain, the parking lot was full most of the day.
"There were lots of sales," she said. "We had a very good variety of Christmas sales and homemade crafts … jewelry, stained glass, ornaments and quilted items."
As far as upcoming events go, Eversole said the department stops accepting applications for Santa letters on Friday, and Dec. 13 is the last day to register for Santa Express, which will be 6-9 p.m. Dec. 17-19. Parents can sign their children up for a personal visit from Santa, who will be escorted around Richmond by a Richmond police officer.
To apply for either program, or for more information, visit www.richmond.ky.us/santa-programs/.
Plus, the special needs program will have its Christmas dance on Monday, and the teen center will have its Christmas dinner on Dec. 18.
Then, after Christmas, those who wish will have the opportunity to put their old Christmas trees to good use.
Moore said that a representative of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife contacted her, asking to use Lake Reba as a drop off spot for old Christmas trees.
"They make good habitats for fish," she said.
Fish and Wildlife will handle all news releases, signage and more.
Paradise Cove summer summary
Moore talked about the overall summary for the summer of 2018 at Paradise Coves.
"We brought in $445,000 this year," she said. "Our expenses were around $380,000."
However, what concerned Moore was that there were 26 days in which fewer than 300 people visited Paradise Coves.
"That's a huge number," Moore said. She said it could have been because of more rain and bad weather, but the 26 days doesn't include the last two weeks of August, when the park is getting ready to close for the year.
The average throughout summer, though, was 621 a day. Plus, income is still comparable with last year's income, she said.
"Concessions income was within $40 of last year," she said.
Swim lessons and birthday parties were about the same as last years, as well, but private parties increased this year.
"Every weekend, it seemed we had a private party on Saturday and on Sunday," she said.
In other news:
• The park board is accepting applications for the position of museum and recreation programmer at the Irvinton House Museum. The deadline to apply is Dec. 12.
• The board is looking to hire a new athletics and special needs coordinator. Interviews will be held today (Dec. 5).
• The next park board meeting will be Jan. 8 instead of the first Tuesday of the month, which is New Year's Day.
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