Meyer Park concerns brought to council

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – One of the best-kept secrets in the city’s park system is not so secret anymore – and that has some neighbors concerned.

The City Council heard from one of those neighbors of Meyer’s Scenic Park on the city’s south side Tuesday.

Daleview Drive resident Michael Newby spoke during the public comment segment of the council’s agenda.

“I want it to be used, I’m proud of that park, but that park needs some attention,” Newby told the council.

Specifically, he said, the park is drawing larger crowds – many for the disc golf course in the park – that are not behaving properly.

“Daleview Drive has become a drag strip,” Newby said of the dead-end street that serves as the only vehicle entrance to the park.

He said he has counted as many as 18 cars in the gravel parking lot at the end of the street at a time, many of them from outside Sheboygan County and Wisconsin.

The gravel parking lot is a concern, Newby explained, because many drivers spin out on the gravel, raising dust and making noise.

“I’ve been told that there is no money to pave the parking lot, to put in a security camera, to put in a speed bump on Daleview Drive,” Newby stated.

“Yet, you’ve just put the Taj Mahal of bathrooms in that park. That’s way overbuilt,” he added.

Newby also called for increased police presence and patrols, saying that there is drug and other illegal activity in the area after hours.

He noted that he had questioned the disc golf course when it was installed in the park, claiming it violated the original covenants when the park land was donated to the city by the Hubert Meyer family decades ago. Newby said he was told the course did not violate those restrictions.

With the recent addition of new playground equipment and the public bathroom, the situation has been exacerbated, Newby said.

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