w/eston park

THOMASVILLE — A member of a steering committee charged with developing a vision for a Weston Park reminded city council members Monday the panel’s work was completed three years ago.

“Out of this committee was a vision plan,” Stephan Thompson told council members, adding that he does not understand why the city is “sitting on your hands.”

“We’ve got to move this forward,” said Thompson, a city employee.

Thompson told the council he served on the city comprehensive plan committee.

“Part of this plan talks about parks. Specifically, Weston Park is mentioned in the plan,” he told council members.

After the council meeting, Thompson said the Felix Street park’s restrooms were unsafe and locked. The decades-old park pavilion and track and softball fields were neglected.

The park is made up of 9.61 acres owned by the city and 4.87 acres of Douglass Alumni Association property.

“It’s been known as part of the park forever,” said Thompson, CNS broadband account manager, in reference to the Douglass property.

Thompson said playground equipment has been installed at the park, and grass is being mowed. Park restrooms are usable now, he said.

“We want the process to start. It was at least four months of planning with the steering committee,” said Thompson.

City Manager Alan Carson said City Attorney Tim Sanders is working with the alumni association to establish liability insurance coverage. City government’s insurance coverage will not insure the privately-owned alumni association land.

“We’re going to have to get private liability insurance,” Carson said.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820

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