Recreation Advisory Board Meeting Minutes - September 9, 2013



Members present:   Kristin David Cawn           Mick Digeronimo     

Jonathan Meltz                 William Reich                   

Christia Alou White            Ken Whittaker                  

Bill Wolk                                               


Members absent:    Kendra Borja                    

Also present:           Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant

Angela Dorney, Recreation Superintendent

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Wolk made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 3, 2013, meeting. Motion seconded by Mr. Meltz and unanimously approved.

Mr. Estep gave a summary of the recreation programs at this time, noting that there were 3292 enrolled in all camps with 1357 in the main summer camp. Revenue of $315,000 was generated for all summer camps. Costs for summer camp remained about the same as last year. Presently, there are 73 enrolled in Aftercare, 135 in Gymnastics and 100 have registered for Soccer at this time. Mr. Estep related that engineers from NBGS were brought in to inspect Shipwreck Cove and $40,000 is being set aside for repairs. But it was noted that Shipwreck Cove is structurally sound.

Discussion turned to the 5K race. It will cost about $7,000 to put on the race. Mr. Meltz will look into advertising in the Egret and Mr. Whittaker will look into barricades. The Commission members need to continue their fundraising/sponsorship efforts for the race. It was suggested that the cross country teams at area schools be contacted about the 5K. Mr. Meltz suggested that the Rec. board have a table at Green Day for the 5K race.

Discussion turned to the Tot Lot. It was noted that there are nonresidents and teens utilitzing the tot lot. The teens that are at the tot lot in the afternoons are making people feel uncomfortable. Mr. Estep said that signs have been posted in English and Spanish and that beginning on Sept. 9, staff will begin to check resident IDs and staffing the tot lot on the weekends. Hopefully this will resolve the problems at the tot lot. It was noted that a camera at the tot lot is in the police department’s budget for next year.

It was noted that the soccer players on the fields need to be sent down to the Community Center to have ID cards made.

Ms. Alou inquired about Optimist Park and if it could be used as a dog park. Mr. Estep noted it is a passive park and not large enough for a dog park. It was noted that it is an underutilized park.

The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.