Sidney Parks and Recreation hosted John Kleinke and Jeremy Norby at the meeting Tuesday, July 9, for a rundown of the plan for the state swim meet. The meet runs Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4.
“We know there are going to be approximately 540 families in town,” Norby said. “The majority of them will either camper camp or tent camp. Probably 20 to 30 percent will stay in a hotel.”
Campers will mostly be directed to Moose Park, where Norby and Kleinke said they will have spots designated by town. They will be reaching out to attending teams to determine how many campers to expect from each location. Norby guessed there will be 40 to 60 campers to park, possibly more, and said he believes around 40-45 campers would fit in Moose Park. He asked the streets surrounding the pool be blocked off to through traffic.
To deter attendees from constantly crossing Lincoln Avenue, Sidney Public Works Director Jeff Hintz said Sidney Chief of Police Frank DiFonzo discussed the issue at the last parking commission meeting.
“Given all the traffic on Lincoln during the fair, it would be best to have all campers in Moose or at the hockey facility,” Hintz said. “We want to deter foot traffic as much as possible across Lincoln.”
Norby worried they wouldn’t all fit in that location and asked about parking campers along the bike path in the alley next to Moose Park. Hintz informed him the alley belonged to Reclamation and wasn’t city property. They were instructed to gain permission from that group before allowing campers to park there. Norby was also given instruction to block off the bike path so no campers could park there. The city will provide extra garbage cans for campers and they will have access to the park bathrooms, as well as the locker rooms at the pool and hockey facility. Street closure is pending the approval of DiFonzo.
Kysa Rasmussen, parks and rec and city council member, asked if extra campers could be directed to the old south Shopko parking lot, pending permission of the owner of the private lot. It would be a short walk over the walking bridge to the city pool. Norby, Kleinke and the committee agreed it was a good option.
“I think that’s a great idea,” Norby said. “It’s not an unreasonable walk. It’s only a block and half.”
In other news:
Stephanie Ridl, parks superintendent, said she is checking on equipment liability per the guidance of Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority (MMIA). Playground equipment like the spring horses will need to be removed and metal slides will need to be replaced or removed over time. The topic was tabled until more definitive information was received.
Volunteers Beautifying Sidney has had eight sessions with 20 different volunteers so far this year. Most recently the group has been working on the hedge around the tennis courts.
A deadline of Aug. 15 was set for an agreement with the tackle and flag football was set. The agreement will cover insurance, property use and budget.