The busy season for Bingham Park, when more and more get back out and enjoy the spacious setting and growing amenities, involves plenty of behind the scenes thought and work.

HAWLEY - The busy season for Bingham Park, when more and more get back out and enjoy the spacious setting and growing amenities, involves plenty of behind the scenes thought and work. Hawley Parks & Recreation Commission is at the forefront, and at the May 29th meeting, addressed several ways to make visiting the park and even better experience.

Park restroom doors presently are set by a computer program to unlock at 7 a.m. and lock at 7 p.m. Unfortunately the program didn’t allow for daylight savings time and the restrooms have been open 6 to 6. After discussion, Parks & Rec President P.J. Dougherty said he would have the hours re-set to open at 7 a.m. and stay open till 9 p.m. Monitoring of the rest rooms for vandalism was discussed. P.J. Dougerty said that recent toilet trouble was a result of intentional vandalism. They approved paying the rest room contractor to make the repairs. Mike Dougherty, Parks & Rec member/Councilman, revisited the question of having “No Smoking” signs posted in Bingham Park. Enforcement is seen to be the problem. They agreed to post “No Littering” signs instead at this time, to see if this helps curb the problem. Littering laws are easier to enforce. Internal procedures of ordering supplies were discussed at length, citing the need to be sure that excessive supplies that have not been approved, are not ordered. There was also much discussion over the question of continually waiving park event fees for nonprofit causes, as well as the desire that a donation be made as well as ensuring that the event organizers cleanup. Another question was whether to require the party to pay for scheduling of a borough police officer for security, if the officer is not  already on duty. Parks & Rec member/Councilman Joe Faubel reminded that while Parks & Rec is providing a public service, the costs add up, and the costs are borne by the taxpayers. The matter was tabled for further review. Volunteers have been cutting brush along the embankment of Bingham Park alongside Hudson Street- what was once a canal basin wall. Shook related complaints from Little League about people congregating in the bandstand and using vulgar language. Even a young father and his son, age six or seven, were engaged in this behavior, he said. Mayor Kevin Hawk, who sits in Parks & Rec, said he can relay the concern to Hawley Police.

[For more meeting items see the full story in the Wednesday print edition.]
Hawley Parks & Rec meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Borough Hall, 94 Main Avenue. Parks & Rec is an advisory board to Hawley Borough Council.