Blowing Rock Town Council held its annual retreat this week at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Among topics during the retreat was improvements to the town's Memorial Park.

The Watauga Democrat reports Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Brown presented information about the popularity of the park, noting that downtown Blowing Rock averages 10,000 visitors a day, and said the park is "overly loved."

According to the report, Blowing Rock Town Manager Shane Fox recommended a group of three to five people, including parents, develop a plan for the park, that would include new playground equipment and the possibility of an amphitheater on Legion Hill.

There was also discussion of restructuring water rates for the town. Recently the town raised water rates, but usage has declined, limiting the income expected of the raised rates.

Other topics covered included short term rentals, a potential need to move the Laurel Lane bridge and dam as it crosses the edge of Broyhill Lake near Annie Cannon Gardens and the Glen Burney Trailhead, and officer retention in the Blowing Rock Police Department.