April 11, 2016

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on April 11, 2016.

Members present:       Christia Alou                           Daniel Brady

                                    Manuel Hadad                        John Ise                                 

                                    Jonathan Meltz                       Jacqueline O’Donnell             

                                    Felipe Villamizar                     Ken Whittaker             


Members absent:        Kendra Borja                          


Also present:               Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

At this time new member Felipe Villamizar was introduced to the Committee members.

Mr. Brady made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 8, 2016, meeting. Motion seconded by Mr. Meltz and unanimously approved.

Mr. Estep gave a summary of the recreation programs at this time. Unity Day was well attended this year. It was noted that 1100 candy bags were distributed at the Marshmallow Drop/Egg Dive this year. The Fine Arts spring concert was also well attended. The community bike ride had an estimated 45-50 riders in attendance. It was noted that the swim team enrollment is up to 100. The swim team is participating in competitions and hosting competitions at the aquatic center. It was related that baseball/softball has 179 enrolled, aftercare has 71 enrolled and spring break camps averaged between 40-50 per day.

Discussion turned to the new recreation center. A 52,000 square foot facility with underground parking will cost $17 million and $15 million with surface parking. The center would have 40 parking spaces plus the church parking. There would also be a designated drop off area. The hand courts will be made available for use at the Country Club. Mr. Estep noted that Ken Ballard will be reworking the operational costs and design which will then be presented to Council for their input. An early May meeting with Council is the goal. The first option is to go on the August ballot since it is not realistic for this item to go on the November ballot. It would be a rush to get the word out for an August election. It was noted that non-residents pay 40% of the operational costs and account for 25-30% of a program’s participation. The second option is to wait until 2017 to be put on the ballot. Mr. Estep said that the Village cannot promote a new recreation center but can offer options.

Discussion turned to a dog park. The Council suggested a possible location could be the Britto triangle of space at the Aquatic Center. Parking would need to be added at the north end of the pool.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.