Racers, walkers run low on options at Orange County park

Citizens have proposed a schedule change at Claiborne Park in Orange County for safety reasons but the issue has been put on the back burner for now.

Citizens who use the park to walk, run, or train are wanting to have access to the park outside its normal 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. schedule. Runners like Marathoner Jimbob Jennings say it is more safe for people to use the park early in the morning or late in the evening during the summer to avoid the heat.

However, Orange County has started warning people who enter the park when it's closed.

"We got stopped by the park attendant at 7:30 (a.m.) and they said 'You know you're trespassing?'" Jennings said.

Jennings also says it is safer to use the park because otherwise long distance runners have to run on the highway where the speed limit is 75 miles per hour.

Jennings has brought the issue to Orange County Commissioners but says they acknowledged it and did nothing more. Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux the county must focus on the budget, which must be completed by September.

Judge Thibodeaux said he wanted to do what he could for the people who use the park but the county must first find out if changing the schedule will come with anything extra, like costs.


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