June 6, 2016

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on June 6, 2016.

Members present:       Daniel Brady                           Manuel Hadad                       

                                    John Ise                                  Jonathan Meltz                      

                                    Jacqueline O’Donnell              Felipe Villamizar                    

                                    Ken Whittaker            


Members absent:        Christia Alou               Kendra Borja                           


Also present:               Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant

                                    David Ocampo, Shores Travel Soccer

                                    Michael Sastre, Travel Parent


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

Mr. Ise made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 11, 2016, meeting. Motion seconded by Mr. Brady and unanimously approved.

Mr. Estep gave a summary of the recreation programs at this time. The aftercare program has 70 enrolled. At this time there are 100 people enrolled in week one of summer camp, soccer tots have 25 enrolled and Fit 4 Fun has 12 enrolled. The recreation department is gearing up for Summer Camp. Swim camp will be run by swim team coach Adam Madarassy this year. It was noted that the St. Rose gym and Johnson & Wales are not available for use this year. Mr. Estep related that the senior bridge program will be moving to the old catholic services building for the summer months.

At this time Mr. Ocampo, who runs the travel soccer program, was introduced to the Committee. Mr. Ocampo said that they may be partnering with another company. Mr. Ocampo started travel soccer in 2006 with eight players. The program currently has been capped with 220 players due to space constraints. One of the benefits of partnering is the ability to help place older players with colleges and help grow the program. The company is Captiva which originated in Spain and they specialize in 5k/10k as well as consulting with travel soccer organizations. They started the Real Madrid program. Another benefit is having a bigger pool of players to select from. Mr. Ocampo is looking to see how Captiva can integrate with the current travel soccer program. Captiva will bring technical advances to the current program and better training for coaches. Mr. Sastre would like to make sure that the program does not lose its’ identity. Mr. Sastre suggested portable lighting to illuminate the fields for extra practice time. It was noted that there are lighting standards that are required to host an organized sport. Mr. Ocampo is looking at different venues to grow the soccer program. Mr. Ocampo noted that his current coaches are on board with a possible merger with Captiva. Mr. Sastre suggested that Morningside Park could be an option.

Discussion turned to the new Recreation Center which would be 62,000 square feet and includes a larger gymnasium. The new center will have additional safety features including a

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swipe entry system. There is a push to put this on the April 2017 ballot along with the Council election.

Discussion turned to the Dog Park. Eleven parking spots will need to be removed to accommodate the new dog park. Additional parking would be created on the north side of the pool. A suggestion has been made to add an additional entry gate on the pool’s north side.

It was noted that the restrooms at the pool are not clean and have poor lighting. It was also related that the athletic fields are being torn up by non-resident usage and an ID card system is needed. Also, three out of four of the rims are in need of repair on the basketball courts; breakaway rims are being investigated.

Mr. Brady asked about what the recreation department does for disabled/special needs children. Mr. Estep said the rec. department mainstreams special needs children.

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.