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Bennett gives ‘State of the Centralia parks’ speech

Posted on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5:58 pm

City pool will be open this summer

Like that of many people and things, the health of Centralia’s parks is improving.

That might be the message Erle Bennett, the Centralia Park Department’s director delivered over lunch during a speech to 15 Centralia Kiwanians, March 25 at the Friendship Place.

“Coming back from the weirdest year ever,” Bennett said, describing the park business over the last 12 months.

With that he announced symptoms of the park department’s recover.

  • “Yes, we’re going to open the swimming pool… Last year if we had had adhered to the health department’s regulations it would have bankrupted the park.” However, he said, they would still be adhering to the department’s social distancing recommendations.

Director of the Centralia Parks Department, Erle Bennett reviews recent and upcoming changes in Centralia’s city parks.

That means, he said, the department will likely have to limit attendance and visits to the pool to 2.5 hours

The park will also sponsor a swim team again. “But since all the other teams are outside Boone County we will not have any home meets,” Bennett said. “There is no way we could have a home meet with county regulations.

But they will host swim lessons, pool parties, aquasize and the splash pad will be open. He said there should be a final, park board approved plan before March’s end.

  • The golf course is doing very well, he said.

“Last year was a great year for membership and it opens this month for regular hours.” The department’s financial goal for the course was for income to pay operational expenses.

For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.