Chester aiming to make park more accessible

CHESTER – Chester City Council wants to improve handicapped accessibility at Chester City Park.

Councilman Mike Dotson said Monday that he knows of several city residents in wheelchairs who have difficulty getting into the park.

“It’s a shame they can’t go down there. It’s something I think we need to do,” he said.

The park’s interior is handicapped accessible but not the pedestrian entrance from the Chester Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6450 parking lot, said Councilman Dennis Murray, who sits on the park board.

Murray said the park board has discussed accessibility issues before. The best solution, he said, would be to install a ramp at the pedestrian entrance or replace the steps altogether.

In other business Monday, council:

Canceled the Sept. 2 council meeting because it falls on Labor Day;

Discussed hiring a part-time employee for the Chester Street Department; and

Learned that the Chester Volunteer Fire Department wants to replace its 1989 rescue truck with a newer model. A committee has been formed to put together a bid package, Councilman Brian Handley said.