September 12, 2016

Minutes of the Recreation Advisory Committee held on September 12, 2016.

Members present:       Christia Alou                           Daniel Brady                          

                                    Manuel Hadad                        Jonathan Meltz                      

                                    Ken Whittaker            


Members absent:        Kendra Borja                           John Ise

                                    Jacqueline O’Donnell              Felipe Villamizar


Also present:               Angela Dorney, Interim Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


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

Mr. Brady made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 6, 2016, meeting. Motion seconded by Ms. Alou and unanimously approved.

Ms. Dorney gave a summary of the recreation programs at this time. There are 73 enrolled in the aftercare program. The most recent kids day off program had 55 in attendance. Fit 4 Fun has 15 enrolled. Registration for intramural soccer began this past Saturday.

It was noted that Shipwreck Cove will be closing for the season on September 18 and Dog Day at the pool is scheduled for September 24. A suggestion was made for Shipwreck Cove to remain open longer but it was not related that the numbers do not warrant prolonging the season. It was noted that the swim team is very successful and the Village is currently negotiating a contract for FY 2016-2017.

It was related that the Miami Shores Community Alliance has rented out the aquatic facility on October 15 for their ‘Margaritavillage’ fundraiser.

The Miami Shores 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Sunday November 13.

It was noted that summer camp did very well overall, but it the numbers enrolled for swim camp this year went down.

Discussion turned to the new recreation center. Ms. Dorney said that an RFP has been sent out for the architectural design of the new center. There have been five responses to the RFP. Ms. Dorney noted that without nonresidents in the new recreation center, the center would not financially succeed. Mr. Hadad is concerned about the impact a new facility would have on the parking as well as the design of a new center. It was related that every new recreation center that has expanded is now building additions due to the small size. After a design is drawn up, an informational campaign to various community groups will need to be started.

Discussion turned to the Dog Park. It was noted that the Village Council has approved a dog park to be built in front of the aquatic center. Parking is still a concern for the dog park as well as for pool patrons.

R.A.C. mtg., 9/12/16, pg. 2 of 2

There was concern expressed for the fencing around Constitution Park as there is no plan for any design. The fencing is needed for the safety of the aftercare program as well as the soccer program.

It was noted that the Village has recently purchased the Catholic Services building on NE 2nd Avenue.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.