October 1, 2018

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on October 1, 2018. 

Members present:                Anna Blackman                   Manny Hadad

Alise Henry                           Michael O’Hara

Jacqueline O’Donnell          Michele Saporiti 

Karen Smith Gulaskey        Steven Weber

Members absent:                 Jeff Geimer

Also present:                         Angela Dorney, Recreation Director 

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant 

Kathy Redman, Resident

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

Correction to the minutes of the June 4 meeting. Paragraph two; ‘Mr. Hadad visited a solar panel vendor near Osswald Park’.   Mr. O’Hara made a motion to approve the June 4 minutes with corrections.  Motion seconded by Ms. Henry and unanimously approved. 

Ms. Dorney distributed a list of capital projects approved for FY 2019.  Approved items include a special event tent, window/door replacement, security cameras at Field House and Community Center, soccer goals, movie projector and screen. 

Mr. Hadad inquired about scoreboards on athletic fields.  Ms. O’Donnell expressed concern with traffic/parking conditions during travel soccer.  Mr. Hadad asked Ms. Dorney for a list of future capital projects to bring to next meeting. 

Mr. Hadad suggested covering the basketball courts; courts could also be used for summer camps.  Mr. Hadad also suggested replacing the racquetball courts with bathrooms. The surface would need to be changed from asphalt to concrete.  Ms. Gulaskey said more space is needed for the gymnastics program since it is such a profitable program.  Ms. O’Donnell said improvements are also needed at the field house. 

Ms. Dorney related that the recreation department will be hosting a Halloween Spooktacular for school age kids in October and are looking for volunteers.  It was noted that the 5K walk/run will be held in February. 

Committee members expressed concern with the handicapped gate and restroom at the tot lot and if they meet ADA requirements; bathroom door handle may be lower than ADA requirements. 

Ms. Dorney related that dog day at the pool was a success with 70 dogs attending. 

It was noted that the swim team will be hosting their first swim meet on November 10. 

It was related that the pool tried to sell fresh fruit over the summer without much success. 

Ms. Redman asked for ideas for senior programs; noting the Silver Sneakers and Osher programs are doing well.  Ideas include offering a Spanish language class, tai chi, meditation, senior pet club, yoga, gyrokinesis and scrabble classes. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.