The Hoquiam City Council set new hours for all parks within the city, while adding another park to the inventory.
On Monday, the city council updated the Hoquiam Municipal Code to adjust multiple items, first officially designating a new section of land within the city as a park.
On July 2nd, the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board announced funding throughout the state on projects. Included in this was $156,000 for the City of Hoquiam to build a waterfront park at the base of Adams Street.
According to that funding, the City will renovate the vacant dirt parking area along the Chehalis River, adding “a picnic shelter, interpretive signs, a paved parking lot, small craft launch, and waterside pathways with viewing areas for watching fishing boats and cargo ships”.
Visit RCO’s online Project Snapshot for more information and photographs of this project.
This section of land is now officially listed as part of the Hoquiam park inventory, although no ribbon cutting or naming of the park will occur until after development.
Also updated on Monday were park hours across the city. The City Council voted to set a curfew on all public parks within the city, as well as Sunset Memorial Park and Cemetery.
Municipal code was updated to state that these lands will only be open to the public from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, not allowing entry before or after that time. In addition, all unattended vehicles left in a park of the cemetery outside those hours shall be subject to towing or impound.
Violating the new rules would be considered a misdemeanor.
1.52.130 Park hours – City Property and facilities not open to the public.
(1) All public parks within the City of Hoquiam, and Sunset Memorial Park and Cemetery, shall be be open to the public from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and it shall be unlawful to enter or remain in such parks or cemetery at any other time unless attending a city authorized event. All unattended vehicles left in a park, or in the cemetery, between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. shall be subject to being towed and impounded.
(2) It shall be unlawful for anyone to enter any City property and city facilities which are not open to the public and which have been posted as such by signage, including but not limited to the sewer treatment plant, pumping stations, areas of the police station, areas of the fire station, the public works shop, the police shooting range and the closed landfill site.
(3) A violation of this section shall be a misdemeanor.