Thousands of people and pets walk in Yowell Meadow Park each week, including people with children, bicycles, roller skates, strollers, canes, walkers and wheelchairs.
In addition to daily users, many organizations make plans every year to use the park for their walks and fundraisers.
When it rains, the walkways throughout the park become flooded. Park in the lot on Blue Ridge Avenue and walk left. At the first turn, the walkway becomes flooded for the length of the straightaway, with water at least two inches deep.
There is no way around as the whole area is flooded. At this time of year the water does not drain—it turns to ice.
Though “fixed” many times, the area by the bridge on the south end of the park continues to flood, and with no way around the water, it also becomes icy in the winter.
The walking bridge next to Route 522 has been underwater for the past 15 years, with seemingly never enough money to fix it.
Other areas in the park routinely flood, making walking anywhere there year round hazardous, frustrating and impossible for people with canes, walkers and wheelchairs.
The problem of drainage must be fixed.
If money and workers are available to build a new playground (see Jan. 20 Star-Exponent article, ”Playground for kids 5-12 coming to Rockwater Park in February”), there should be money to fix the walkways at Yowell Meadow Park.