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October 12, 2012

talk in the park

Residents hear Roy B. Kelley and Kibler Park project

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — There are still some things to figure out when it comes to the traffic congestion at Roy B. Kelley Elementary on East High Street, even after an informational meeting Wednesday.

However, of the few sure things that arose out of that meeting was that the conversation would continue, especially concerning the Lockport City School District’s interest in nearby Joseph E. Kibler Park.

The 19-acre park is located between Elmwood Avenue and East High Street, property which borders a number of homes and Roy B. Kelley Elementary School. The district wants to obtain the park to put in an access road that runs from the school to Elmwood Avenue in the north, to allow a exit route for parents dropping off students.

The reason for the district’s interest in the park, officials said, to alleviate the traffic congestion at Kelley, which is expected to worsen when Lockport closes Washington Hunt Elementary in June. The majority of students, between 125 and 150, will go to Kelley next fall. No major increase is expected in busing, however.

Of the residents who attended Wednesday, many live around the park or border it.

“This is very preliminary,” said Superintendent Michelle T. Bradley. “We’ll continue this process and discover a solution to this problem.”

Mayor Michael W. Tucker said last month the city would not turn over the park if residents had an issue with it. That statement was echoed by school officials Wednesday.

“We want to be neighbor friendly,” Bradley said.

Those neighbors raised a number of issues, particularly about safety. Putting a road in will only worsen what goes on now, homeowners suggested.

Some are driving on the grass now, resident Ray Waters said. They could just drive around any gate.

“They drive on the lawn now, we watch them at night,” he said. 

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