The City of Jefferson’s Parks and Recreation Commission agreed Tuesday that the city’s newest park would not be available for private events due to limited access inside and outside the park.
The resolution calls for Deborah Cooper Park, located on Adrian’s Island, to be developed and maintained by the commission as a “passive park”, meaning people cannot rent the park for private events.
Parks Superintendent Todd Spalding said he spoke with Jefferson City police and fire officials and they agreed that holding private events could pose problems since the only way to entering and exiting the park is the Bicentennial Bridge.
Spalding said they might consider holding small fundraising events for scholarship offers, but nothing else.
“We never expected this park to be rented out,” Spalding said.
In a related matter, the commission approved a change order with engineering firm Bartlett and West for additional plan and design work not to exceed $24,000 for the park. Additional work includes the design of security lighting in the park as well as plans for an additional storage facility. Funds dedicated to the development of Deborah Cooper Park will cover additional expenses.
The first phase of work on the park included the development of trails, toilet sites and clearing. The second phase will consist of an outdoor shelter to be delivered and installed as well as a life-size chessboard, commercial hammocks, a vaulted toilet and other amenities.
JJ Gates, director of the Parks Resources and Forestry Division, said the hammocks could be installed by mid-May and the shelter, which would be placed on picnic tables in the park, could arrive around the first part of June.
With the completion of the Bicentennial Bridge connecting the Capitol complex to Adrian’s Island, parks officials wanted to find a way to measure the use of the newly acquired recreation area. To do this, pedestrian counters will be installed in the coming weeks.
Parks officials said understanding how people navigate the city can help make decisions about infrastructure and facilities. This can help them understand where people go, gauge how people use public facilities, and measure marketing efforts.
City Engineer David Bange was at Tuesday’s meeting and told the commission that they continue to work with Ameren Missouri to provide power to the park. Stewards said they may consider adding call boxes for additional safety measures, and Spalding said they plan to install an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the park with a push button. emergency call.
An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heartbeat and allow a normal rhythm to resume after a sudden cardiac arrest.