Some “public service announcements” to make here on behalf of Walter, a regular commenter, and Tim Austin, a concerned citizen. First up: bicycle & pedestrian safety! Here’s what the City Code has to say about riding bicycles:
10.72.010 Riding on sidewalks–Prohibited where–Regulation.
A. It is unlawful for any person to ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within the central business district east of the west line of Park Drive.
B. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian. (Ord. 2646 ‘(part), 1994; Prior code ’10-1-19).
C. Bicycles operated as part of the City bike patrol program are exempt from 10.72.010(A). (Ord. 2708; 1996)
The bottom line is courtesy and respect, from cyclists and pedestrians.
Next item is the hot-button issue of the neighborhood pools. Tim Austin has very strong feelings on the subject:
I was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana and I take pride in our community. It is time for the City of Great Falls to start putting some funding into the Neighborhood Pools & Neighborhood Parks!!! Will the continued funding of the Electric City Water Park eventually lead to the demise of our neighborhood parks and pools? (I hope not!)
(I love our City Park and Rec. Department and the many things they do for our community,
but I feel this department has never been in favor of maintaining or saving the neighborhood pools) Once the neighborhood pools are gone…they are gone forever !!!
To learn more about the details, check out Tim’s page.
My two cents: I’m not entirely sure why the City is involved in the pool business. Like the golf courses, I think that private industry is better suited to address the issue. After all, the City doesn’t own a roller-skating rink, or an arcade, or a movie theatre…so I’m a bit puzzled about the business of City-owned swimming pools, golf courses, and skate-parks. But if such enterprises are going to be owned & operated by the City, then they at least should be run efficiently.