Ripon City Attorney Lud Wurtz describes the city staff's plan to install signage at Barlow Park.
Ripon City Attorney Lud Wurtz describes the city staff's plan to install signage at Barlow Park.

   City leaders are in agreement: the loop at Barlow Park cannot be used, during any season, for dropping off children or picking them up from the adjacent elementary school.

   They’re less in agreement about how to enforce that plan.

  • Should the asphalt loop be torn out entirely?
  • Will signs alone be enough to deter use of the park?
  • Maybe barricades should be put up at the beginning of the loop, or elsewhere?

   Each option was considered Tuesday night, when the Common Council revisited the ongoing issue of parental use of the loop.

   Ultimately, the council opted to take a conservative route for now, while evaluating more drastic measures later.

   It’s all part of an ongoing discussion that began in early February, when the council voted to discontinue use of the loop during the winter for drop-offs and pick-ups.

Read the full story, including a separate discussion on snow removal downtown, in the March 14, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.