PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
October 19, 2009
Present: Commissioners Eggers, Noraas, Rosenthal; Director Robertson; Superintendent Gies
Absent: Commissioners Gardiner, Lewis; City Council Liaison Silbiger; Superintendent Dials
Noraas called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Parks office,
DISCUSSION ON SCOPE OF
Robertson distributed the list of FY 2009-2010 commission goals and said they included reviews of 1)
Robertson said master plans were roadmaps for the future. He displayed the original
Discussion Among Commissioners
Eggers said Ashland Creek was the heart of the park along with its banks and surrounding vegetation. She suggested reviewing the entire creek—located within park boundaries—with help from local biologists, hydrologists, and other environmental experts. She spoke of developing a vision for the park for the sake of present and future park users.
Rosenthal said some park elements might not be sustainable into the future, including the Perozzi Fountain. He suggested allocating resources for essential features, which would eventually replace non-essentials.
Gies suggested referring to the National Register of Historic Places before designating park elements as essential or non-essential.
Noraas suggested including the public in the master planning process. She said
Robertson proposed hiring a temporary, one-year staff person to serve as project manager, with staff and commissioners preparing project guidelines in advance.
Rosenthal said even a part-time project manager could trigger the loss of an existing staff position due to budget constraints.
Staff was directed to create a draft plan for the commission’s consideration and to include dollar figures. They were also instructed to schedule an additional study session to review the matter in more detail.
Robertson said both the upper and lower
Commissioners agreed that identifying elements for the park site would provide clarity to community members. After thorough discussion about the upper
With regard to the lower
ADJOURNMENT– By consensus, Noraas adjourned the meeting at 8:08 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Susan Dyssegard,