SEASIDE - City leaders will gather Oct. 6 to review a new parks plan which brushes the dust off a document drawn up before many residents were born.

The Seaside City Council adopted a parks master plan Monday.

"The decision-making body is still the City Council," City Planner Kevin Cupples said. "You can use this document as a tool when you make those decisions."

The original plan was made in 1939, Councilor Stubby Lyons said. World War Two, however, got in the way.

"I can see some light at the end of the tunnel," said Council President Diana Schafer. She and Lyons were on the committee that drafted the plan, which Schafer said could be fine-tuned as it is used.

"This is just a tool to develop our parks system and actually add some new parks," Schafer said.

The council will hold a workshop meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at City Hall to examine the plan more closely. The meeting is open to the public.

In other business, the council approved turning Second Avenue into a one-way westbound street between Necanicum and Downing, due to the narrowness of the street. There were no objections.

Allen Evans, director of the recovery program Thugz Off Drugz, urged people to attend the Community Challenge Kickoff at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Bob Chisholm Community Center, where program members will discuss methods for keeping over-the-counter methamphetamine ingredients out of the hands of juveniles.

"There are kids in this community making methamphetamine," he said. "We need to get involved in prevention."

Mayor Don Larson also proclaimed this week to be SMART Week (Start Making A Reader Today) in honor of the SMART reading program, and October 2004 to be Disability Awareness month. He urged residents to learn about the strengths of people with disabilities and to become involved with reading programs.


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