Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 28, 2013

Park board considering possible policy change

Board looking at parking, application process.

By Ken de la Bastide
Kokomo Tribune

---- — Park board members hope by adopting new rules, events held in city parks will be better organized.

Among the issues are how long before an event an application should be filed, what time events, especially those with music, should begin and end and management of parking.

During a work session Wednesday, park board members considered what changes may be necessary as more groups seek to use Foster Park for large events.

Randy Morris, superintendent of the Kokomo Parks & Recreation Department, said discussions included a timeline for events at all the parks, he said.

Morris said some groups are well organized when it comes to the power and insurance requirements that have to be taken into consideration for large-scale events.

Monica Reed, park board secretary, said some groups depend on the park department to organize their events.

“People organizing a larger event should come before the park board to answer any questions,” he said. “We should also have contact information for the person organizing and in charge of the event.”

Board member John Wiles said the city’s street commission has a form detailing planned security, number of restrooms and, if there is going to be the sale of alcohol, the necessary permits.

“In the past we made the process easy for everyone but the department,” Morris said.

Organizations that stage events on an annual basis should be informed if there is a change in the policy, Wiles said.

The board will need to decide how long before an event he application process should begin, as well as requirements for parking for large events, in particular handicapped parking, Morris said.

“There is a limited availability for the pavilion and stage at Foster Park because most weekends are booked,” Morris said. “There are some weekdays available.”

Local residents have complained about loud music being played after 11 p.m.

“We’re looking at a hard stop to the loud music,” Morris said. “We’re looking at 10:30 p.m.”

He said changing the time to stop the music will require either an early start or shortening the events.

Morris said loud music past 10:30 p.m. is not acceptable.