Traffic made Creston street unsafe for children

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To the Editor:

This year, I went to the Creston Lions Club’s children’s parade on May 21, and as much as I appreciate all the hard work that goes into putting on this event, I have to take issue with a strong safety concern.

All previous years, the road between CIBC and 10th Avenue was blocked off to traffic for the parade. This year, the road was not blocked off and traffic was still allowed to drive on Canyon Street during the parade.

During the start of the parade, eastbound traffic was stopped on the road with many cars parked on the side and many stopped in the lane of traffic until the children had come out of the parking lot behind the bank onto Canyon Street. It was then allowed to continue while the children were going west down one lane on Canyon Street. As far as I am concerned, this is not safe. You have miniature horses pulling a cart, dogs, young children riding bikes, scooters, some walking by themselves and some with parents — with moving traffic on one side.

I would like to know why this happened and to make sure that it does not happen again. The children’s parade is something that is always fun for the kids to do, and for parents, grandparents and those who enjoy seeing children have a good time, and I hate to see it made unsafe. I really do appreciate all the hard work that the Lions club does to promote and have this event every year, and I would like to see it continue, but in a safer manner, with the road blocked off to traffic for the parade as before.

Carol Huscroft