City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
204871
Work Completed
May 9, 2019 7:00 PM

That the Administration report to this Board, by the next Youth Services Committee meeting, on ways to keep the Kennedy School playground open for public use during non-school day daytime hours.

Information

Department:City CouncilSponsors:City Councilor At Large Stephanie Hirsch, Ward Five City Councilor Mark Niedergang
Category:ResolutionPurposes:Resolution

Official Text

That the Administration report to this Board, by the next Youth Services Committee meeting, on ways to keep the Kennedy School playground open for public use during non-school day daytime hours.

 

Meeting History

Jan 11, 2018 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting

Alderman Hirsch would like to see the Kennedy School Playground open during daylight hours when school is not in session.

RESULT:APPROVED
Mar 7, 2018 6:00 PM  Youth Services Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Snyder stated that signage about liability will be posted and this issue can be resolved.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
May 16, 2018 5:00 PM Video Youth Services Committee Committee Meeting

Chairman Hirsch reported that the Police Chief is amenable to keeping the playground open, however, Mr. Curley was under the impression that it was a safety concern and he will take request back to the School Department. He specifically asked if the request included keeping the playground unlocked and the committee indicated that it should be kept open at all times during an initial trial period. Mr. Koty believes that it can be worked out and Mr. Bowler has no problem opening the yard if the pool is also open and then and locking it when the pool closes. Alderman Ballantyne thinks that it should be unlocked and monitored by police and Alderman Niedergang said that he has received only a few complaints and is agreeable to giving it a try.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Jul 2, 2018 6:00 PM Video Youth Services Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Curley said that the Superintendent of Schools is behind extending hours on a pilot basis. Signs are being ordered. The playground hours will follow typical park hours and there will be a parental supervision component included.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Oct 24, 2018 6:00 PM Video Youth Services Committee Committee Meeting

Members were informed that the tot lot is locked at 6:30 p.m. and also on Friday nights, so that it is not open over the weekend. Mr. Koty will speak with Mr. Franzen, who may have some issues with the night closures. The Superintendent of Schools does not have an issue with keeping the playground open on weekends, however, the agreement was that it would be open over the weekends when it is not used by the school.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Apr 8, 2019 6:00 PM Video Youth Services Committee Committee Meeting

This item was left in committee due to not having anyone from DPW to attend the meeting.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
May 7, 2019 6:00 PM Video Youth Services Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

Mr. Koty and Mr. Bowler both stated that the Kennedy School playground is being left open for the public on weekends and is locked at a certain time.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
May 9, 2019 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED