MORGAN -- The Morgan County Council is hanging on to its public parks despite resident interest in taking over maintenance of one of its newest parks.
The council denied a request from the Rose Hill Homeowners' Association to take over ownership and care of Cottonwood Park. Residents there would like to direct future development of the park, which now is simply a 2-acre field of grass.
In the past, many have complained about plans to build restrooms and the lack of parking for the park.
Upon the council's request, the park board voted on the issue and unanimously decided the county should continue to own and maintain Cottonwood Park.
"There is such a shortfall on properties, the park board decided to leave it as a county facility," Councilwoman Ronda Kippen said.
"The community values parks and trails and has expressed that continually since my involvement," Council Chairwoman Tina Kelley said. "I have to follow that."
Kippen said residents would like to see a bowery at the park in the future, and perhaps room for parking.
"I don't like the idea of parking and restrooms," Councilman Robert Kilmer said. "It was designed for those people who bought in the area for a big open grass area. I could see a playground there."