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Trench digging operations at the Toledo Public Library and Swimming Pool parking lots will make parking a major headache for those who read and swim. The trenches will soon be the new home of new fiber optic cable that will connect the swimming pool to the City’s Fiber Optic Data Network.
Visitors to the Pool, Library and Arcadia park are encouraged to park in the lower parking lot below the Library if possible to save the few spots next to the facilities for those with limited mobility. When approaching the buildings visitors are advised to take notice of barricades and caution tape. Parents, keep a close eye on your children.
The reason for all the construction commotion is that a long-needed security camera system for the area behind the pool building will be installed. This part of the complex is very difficult to secure due to lack of visibility. The city has been saving for several years to install a system like this at the Pool, Library, Arcadia Park and the Skate Park. The system will be controlled through the City’s existing fiber network.
Aquatics/Recreation Manager Joe Andrews says the city can add additional cameras, including inside the pool building, in the near future as funds become available. Other improvements will eventually be connected to the city wide phone system and offer consistent public Wi-Fi internet access.
The first step in this technology upgrade was launched through a grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund. The grant issued in 2010 allowed for the purchase of a laptop computer and software that has allowed the department to greatly improve operations. “That grant really got the ball rolling,” said Andrews.