Dallas Center is now in process of determining the site of the new proposed city library. One site is the old lumberyard site which is directly across the street from the existing city library. The other site is at Mound Park.
I am strongly opposed to building the library in the park when another suitable site is available, at the old lumberyard site. The following are my reasons that I oppose building the library at our city park.
The Lumberyard location is naturally draining, while the Park has a problem of naturally flooding. The flooding at times goes to beyond the entire north and south perimeters of the park and closes the streets around the park. I would certainly not build my home in site prone to flooding
Mound Park is both the premier park and oldest park in town. When another adequate site is available to the build the library, why would you want to build in the Park? Building the library in the park will change the character of the neighborhood and will remove a large portion of the land that is now used for park use.
Mound Park is used for various community celebrations such as Fall Festival and Art in the Park. The location of Library in the Park would not allow adequate space for these vendors.
Based on the March City of Dallas Center Newsletter, both building sites are acceptable for the needs of the new library.
The land granted to the city for what became Mound Park was intended to be used as a park. In fact the property deeds, the 1880s, that conveyed this land to the city, state that the property was to be used for “park use.” Ethical issues should not be ignored for what some may consider practical expediency.
This issue may be decided at the next Dallas Center city council meeting on Tuesday, April 11. If you are a resident of Dallas Center and are opposed to building the new library at Mound Park, I would strongly urge you contact The Honorable Michael Kid at City Hall.