Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) –Most days Kelsey Kalyta leaves work and heads to Eisenhower Park to clear her mind.
“It’s one of the routes that’s on my way home from work so I can just stop by and get a quick run in,” Kalyta said.
She likes how it’s hidden, most people don’t know the trail she takes from Eisenhower leads to the Augusta Canal Trail.
“A lot of people don’t know about this entrance which can be good and bad. It’s secluded, but it’s also not quite as kept up as well as some of the others,” Kalyta said.
Consultants who put together Augusta’s Parks Master Plan, the first one in over 4 decades are recommending the city put some money into this park, After Diamond Lakes it’s the second busiest for youth athletics.
“This looks kind of sketchy at times with all of the brush and grass so making it more lit with a couple street lights,” Kalyta said.
“I mean if you see rusty facilities or just over brush you don’t want to you don’t feel as safe,” Kalyta said.
Commissioner Sean Frantom represents the area and says it’s a great location to invest in, but as a leader he has to look at where the county needs the money most.
“There’s other parks that have needs too and we can’t be everything to everybody so we just got to do our best job to prioritize what’s important,” Kalyta said.
Wooden bleachers that aren’t up to the county’s standards, only one way in and out which bring up safety concerns, and a lack of compliance of the American’s with Disabilities Act are all problems in Eisenhower, and the city now has a plan they could be following to tell them what they need to do.
“This is the first time we’ve done this in 46 years,” Frantom said.
For Kelsey, she see’s it as a way to get more people into the park system, even though it could affect her secret entrance to the canal.
The Augusta Parks Department may do another master plan on just Eisenhower Park itself.
The full Augusta Parks Master Plan is expected to come up for a vote in commission on Augusta 30th.