If your organization signed up to adopt-a-park in the city of Portsmouth, and has sort of let the effort slip, now might be a good time to contact Portsmouth City Manager Derek K. Allen and tell him you are going to get to work. At Monday’s Portsmouth City Council meeting, it was determined that Allen would give Council a report in April as to the status of the city’s parks and what work is being done to them.
“No one is doing it except for the Knights of Columbus, they did some work up at Mound Park,” Allen said.
Allen said there was a story in the newspaper, but it unfortunately showed someone spraying Roundup, which can’t be done without a license.
“As far as I know there hasn’t, that I’m aware of, been anything done in the parks,” Allen said.
Allen said he inquired of Bill Beaumont of the City Service Department, as to whether any of the groups who signed up to take care of the parks, had done anything recently.
“I thought there had been a few keeping up like the riverfront, cutting grass and everything,” Portsmouth Mayor Jim Kalb said. “I think that was (former Second Ward Councilman) Rich Saddler’s group. I thought there was some grass cutting and maintaining going on through the summer.”
First Ward Councilman Kevin W. Johnson mentioned that Main Street Portsmouth maintains Alexandria Park.
“That’s not really a part of the Adopt-A-Park program,” Allen said. “They just do it. They were already doing it.”
Johnson said he believes in the program, but just wants a yearly report.
“We all want Adopt-A-Park to continue, but it’s to continue,” Kevin W. Johnson said. “Council neesds to at least be informed and I asked for once a year in April what’s happening to that program.”
The program was founded by Rich Saddler, and at one point all city parks had been adopted.
“If you adopt a park and it is reported that you haven’t done anything, then we take it back over,” Second Ward Councilman Jo Ann Aeh said.
Allen can be reached at [email protected] , by mail at 728 Second Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662, or by phone at 740-354-8807.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.