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and Recreation Commission
April 7, 2015
Diedrick, Heikkila,Holt, Doneen, Gelbach, Newby, O'Brien, Stoner
notified staff about being unable to attend
Public Comment was postponed until
park classification discussion.
Lisa McCormick and Council Member
Willmus in attendance for tonight's meeting.
3. APPROVAL OF
MINUTES - MARCH 3, 2015 MEETING
March 3, 2015 minutes passed
unanimously with the rewording of lines 48 & 49. Corrected verbiage reads... Doneen added a reminder that a key objective when managing wildlife is to
ensure that deer populations do not get too large so that they impact native
and OATH OF OFFICE FOR NEW COMMISSIONERS
New Parks & Recreation
Commissioners, Jamie Becker-Finn, Luke Heikkila and Nancy O'Brien were sworn-in
to their positions.
5. ACCEPT PARK
CLASSIFICATION PETITION and DISCUSSION
Community member Lisa McCormick joined
the commissioners to summarize the "Citizen/Neighborhood Petition to Reclassify
Langton Lake Park" submitted to the commission for their consideration. In
summary, McCormick asked the commission to consider classifying Langton Lake
Park as a Conservation Park similar to Owasso Hills Park. McCormick explained
the request for reclassification is in an effort to clarify and recognize how
the park is used. By classifying Langton Lake Park as a Conservation Park the
City would create an image for the park and how it is used and demonstrate the
passion for the natural aspects of the park. Looking to protect & preserve
what is there and expand the park if possible.
Commissioner Holt inquired into clarification, wondering if current
activities are driving the request to reclassify Langton Lake Park.
McCormick responded that she has not been moved by any recent
actions at the park or near the park has driven this request.
McCormick pointed out that she feels the Langton Lake Park aligns
better with Reservoir Woods, a conservatory park than Central Park, an urban
Brokke provided a brief overview of the Park Classification
system. The classification system is consistent with national standards.
Newby inquired into whether the classification of a park impacts
maintenance tasks or maintenance funding.
Brokke responded that the name does not impact how we operate or
manage a park.
McCormick suggested that perhaps Langton Lake could be divided
into 2 classifications, recognizing the active aspects as well as the natural
Brokke spoke to the fact that the Nature Center Grounds is
recognized as a Conservancy Park while the remaining Central Park Area is
classified as an Urban Park. This makes sense because of the size of Central
Park and the divider of Dale Street for the Nature Center.
Becker-Finn voiced her concern for setting precedence by
splitting the park and the effects on more areas throughout the City.
Newby inquired into a way of arriving at the preservation sense
of the park without dividing it up.
An active discussion around the
Commission table continued, with commissioners inquiring into how
classifications of other parks around the City were recognized.
Gelbach commented that he views how the City cares for woodland
areas as conservancy parks no matter what they are classified.
Holt commented that he feels that reclassification does not
affect how properties are viewed and considered for development &
management. Changing a classification does not have any impact on how a park is
dealt with. All commissioners are concerned about our natural resources.
Stoner summarized that the neighborhood is concerned about Twin
Lakes and impacts on Twin Lakes. And recognized the petition from the community
and look to have future discussions on whether the commission should make a
recommendation to the Council.
Motion by Doneen, second by Gelbach, to accept the community
Nomination passed unanimously.
Lisa McCormick asked for
information on the park dedication process and recent actions by the
Anfang recognized a commentary
from Rita Mix supporting the petition submitted by McCormick.
GOLF COURSE DISCUSSION
Golf Course Superintendent joined
the Commission Table for the Golf Course discussion.
Brokke summarized the upcoming
discussion explaining capital needs, shift in course usage and Council requests
to review operations, uses, financial position, capital improvement needs and
make a recommendation.
Cedarholm was built in 1959, it
was acquired by the City in 1967 and operates as an enterprise fund.
Golf Course staff are shared with
other areas within the Parks & Recreation Department including turf
management and marketing services.
Commissioners questioned why we can't
just raise fees to expand revenues. McDonagh explained that our fees are based
on the local market for similar courses and the philosophy to serve the local
golf community. We achieve the revenues we do because of our strength in rounds
played. If we raise green fees do we chase away the young golfers or the family
Gelbach commented that an additional $2/round will balance the
budget. How do we recognize that increase without raising the fees.
Holt inquired into bringing
together a brainstorming group from a range of industry professionals to share
7. PARK and
RECREATION RENEWAL PROGRAM STATUS
4 Park Buildings are completed and opened for use, 2 more
buildings are coming online in April.
Work continues on the Park Shelters with facilities opening April
Interior completed at HANC, boardwalk installed.
Contractors are working on the bridges in Villa Park.
Tennis Courts and Rink Lighting is wrapping up. Color coating on
the courts is scheduled to take place in the fall.
Field improvements on numbers 2, 4, 5, 6 at Victoria are
finished. Fields 1 & 3 will be worked on in the fall of 2015 & 2016.
Work at Evergreen Park continues.
The next Natural Resource volunteer effort is scheduled for April
15 at Villa Park.
Seven playgrounds will be replaced in 2015.
8. STAFF REPORT
Staff shared upcoming Park Building
Neighborhood Preview dates.
Meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.
Jill Anfang, Assistant Director