Some minor alterations will be made, but for now no major changes will be undertaken at Goold Park to accommodate parking at the Morris pool.
The Street and Alley Committee met Tuesday night and reconvened at the park to discuss the parking issues brought up to the city at a June council meeting by Jim Hitchcock, one of the pool managers.
Hitchcock said then the pool has seen a dramatic increase in swimmers since it opened this summer for its first full season with its completed renovations. This has resulted in lines of cars parked at Goold.
The pool was originally built in the 1920s and received several updates. Renovations included a new liner, new diving boards, removal of the baby pool and expansion of the pool to the south with a zero-depth entry, a new filtration system, and a splash park for young children, as well as water slides.
The renovations to the pool ended up costing more than $2 million.
“We are keeping an eye on it, but we will just let them park in the grass for now,” said Mayor Richard Kopczick Wednesday. “The concern is for the beautiful oak trees there.”
Kopczick said he, the committee, and City Engineer Guy Christensen are concerned they would kill some of the large oak trees in the park by digging up the soil.
The parking issues are only a problem from June through August, said Kopczick, so allowing people to park in the grass around the parking lot at lower Goold Park for just a few months is a better alternative then spending money on a new parking lot.
He said on days when it rains, where parking in the grass could cause it to get muddy, it will not be an issue because most people will not be attending the pool on rainy days.
In addition, some maintenance issues will be done to help add some parking spots. Work is currently under way to the south parking lot to expand it some in the southeast corner. There is also space on the north side, by the pool’s bath house, where parking for employees and handicapped spaces will be added.
Hitchcock also expres-sed safety concerns for people crossing the street from the lower lot to the pool. The Public Works Department will put in a striped crosswalk at the top of the hill and by the pool stairs.
Sidewalks will also be put in around areas of the pool, said Kopczick.