RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
May 27, 2015
Gallops Senior Center
Carl Brown, Irene Pate, Derrick Greene
Tracy Belt, Bob Johnson, Vanessa Jackson, Willie Dickerson,
Mike Peacock, Andre Dye
City Staff Present:
James Worsley, Holli Browder, Tommy Groce, Shelley Tippins,
Millie Del Toro, Teresa Snellings, Sofia White
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by Irene Pate at 12:10pm
Sofia White was introduced as the Employment Coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department and she gave the board a brief introduction as to her tenure with the Columbus Consolidated Government.
Roll was taken.
The Board did not have a quorum at the meeting therefore the minutes of the previous
meetings could not be approved.
Tommy Groce: (Park Services Division Manager):
The 28 lawn mowers were not approved in the Councilor’s budget meeting on Tuesday night. Tommy stated that it will be a struggle to maintain the fields at the level that is expected. The crew that currently has mowers will take care of what they should if spare time permits, they will loan them out to cut other fields. Work will get done in a timely manner. James gave the board an update that security cameras were not approved as well. The department was instructed to apply for a Crime Prevention grant in hopes of getting the security cameras. In the past the department made cuts in personnel but we had equipment. Now we have no equipment.
Millie Del-Toro: (Community Schools Supervisor):
Summer camps started May 26
and they run through July 31
. The camps are located at Tillis, Psalmond Road, Shirley Winston and 29
Shelley Stephens: (Community Schools Supervisor):
Notified the board that she would be attending the ASPYN Conference in Texas in hopes of adding academics to the program.
Teresa Snellings: (Recreation Services Division Manager):
Teresa informed the board that the department was working with the Urban League to bring back the Summer Block Parties. The Block Parties dates are June 11
at Frank Chester Recreation Center, June 18
at Boxwood, June 25
at Fluellen, July 9
at Carver Park and July 16
Street. The board was also informed that Amerigroup had contacted the department to schedule a Back to School Backpack give away as they did last summer.
Holli Browder: (Assistant Director):
Holli stated that the department was currently operating the Columbus Aquatics Center. Things are going well. Programs are being scheduled. Drive-in movies to be added at the end of each month and she is trying to get a music service contract to pay music for the older crowd. Outdoor pools are going through renovations. Double Churches Pool and Shirley Winston Pool is cleared to open and she believes that Rigdon Road is being cleared as she speaks. The 3 leisure pools got a face lift inside and outside and they should be more cost efficient. Seasonal, family and individual passes are available to purchase. Prices are on the website. Swim lessons are available. Holli has notice that more citizens are visiting the Columbus Aquatics Center. The Columbus Sports Council has asked about the possibility of bringing meets here to Columbus. Holli stated that because we are very far away that many organizations are reluctant to bring tournaments here.
James Worsley: (Director):
James invited the board to attend the South Lumpkin Road Linear Park Ground breaking ceremony on Friday, June 05, 2015 at 10:00 am. The trail is located next to Eagle Trace apartments. The 2 mile trail will be a multi- purpose pedestrian and bicycles trail and it will one day link to current the Fall Line Trail.
Updates from the Board:
Asked the board for an update on the lawn mowers. He stated many of the comments that were made in the paper about the cost of the mowers. The Sports Council thanked the Parks and Recreation Department for going above and beyond to help them with the transportation at CSU for the soccer event they hosted over the weekend.
Derrick informed the board about the Back to School event planned for July 19, 2015 at Shirley Winston Recreation Center. He inquired about the old electronic equipment at South Commons and whether or not the equipment could be used.
Britt David Classes are going well for the summer. This year’s spring sale had a preview on that Friday night and it went well. The sale was a big success
Our next meeting will be June 24
at Lake Oliver Marina
Meeting 1:02 pm.
Recreation Services Division Manager