April 3, 2017

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on April 3, 2017. 

Members present:                Dan Brady                 Manuel Hadad

Jonathan Meltz         Jacqueline O'Donnell

Michelle Saporiti       Karen Smith-Gulaskey

Steven Weber

Members absent:                 Anna Blackman       Lauren Cortinas

Felipe Villamizar 

Also present:                         Angela Dorney, Interim Recreation Director

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant 

Erik Olsen, Aquatic Supervisor

Kelly Fernandez, Assistant Aquatic Supervisor

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

Mr. Brady made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 6, 2017, Recreation Advisory Committee meeting. Motion seconded by Mr. Weber and unanimously approved. 

At this time Erik Olsen and Kelly Fernandez were introduced to the Committee. Mr. Olsen explained to the Committee the pool's current hours of operation and how they have restructured the time/lanes allotted to the swim team. It was noted that the pool loses approximately $200,000 per year. The only pools that don't lose money are pools that only operate during the summer months. Outside camps are permitted to use the pool as long as 25% of the campers are Miami Shores residents. Camps pay per head including the counselors. Outside camps help offset the loss of revenue at the pool. 

Ms Saporiti asked about outside food being brought into the pool. Mr. Olsen said outside food is not permitted inside the facility; this would result in loss of concession revenue. Ms. Saporiti said the ongoing complaint is that there are no healthy options offered.  Ms. Saporiti suggested offering fresh fruit and veggies and marketing healthy options better. Ms. Fernandez said that the pita/hummus were a success last year and will be offered again this year.  Ms. Saporiti suggested using a small display with signage promoting healthy options. 

Ms. Saporiti asked about offering a summer pass at the pool. Mr. Olsen said pool passes would cause a major loss in revenue. Patrons would want a better deal than the regular admission fee. 

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Mr. Hadad asked about the maintenance at the pool and suggested led lighting in the restrooms. It was related that the restrooms have been redone; benches in the restroom have been replaced. Mr. Brady added that the restrooms are very dark. It was noted that new countertops have been submitted into capital for next year. 

Ms. Saporiti asked for flyers for upcoming events that she can help advertise on Facebook. 

Mr. Hadad asked about parking now that the dog park is open.  Ms. Dorney said 12 new parking spots will be added once approval is received from Miami-Dade. 

Mr. Weber asked about liability at the dog park and suggested people sign a release when purchasing their key fob. Ms. Dorney said that the Village attorney wrote the wording for the signs that are posted at the dog park. 

Ms. Saporiti created a PowerPoint presentation that includes suggestions for ADA accessible apparatus at the Tot Lot. Ms. Saporiti suggested asking Publix to sponsor an apparatus.  The park needs to be made more accessible for kids with disability and sensory issues. Ms. Smith-Gulaskey suggested applying for a grant for money for ADA apparatus.

Commission members asked about how often the tot lot pavilion is pressure washed and also about ventilation in the tot lot restroom. 

A resolution of principles of inclusion was distributed to Commission members for discussion at next month’s meeting. 

Discussion turned to new business. Mr. Weber suggested that the Village have monthly 

concerts. Ms. Saporiti suggested showing movies to generate additional revenue; this has been very popular in Bay Harbor.  It was noted this could be a good idea for the Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Dorney said that the Village is working on a grant for a pop up park. 

It was noted that a farmers market is going to an RFP since there is so much interest. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.