PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
October 26, 2009
Present: Commissioners Eggers, Gardiner, Lewis, Noraas, Rosenthal; City Council Liaison Silbiger; Director Robertson; Superintendent Gies
Absent: Superintendent Dials
Gardiner called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. at Council Chambers,
Study Session – September 14, 2009
MOTION Rosenthal moved to approve the minutes as written. Noraas seconded the motion.
The vote was: 5 yes – 0 no
Regular Meeting – September 28, 2009
MOTION Noraas moved to approve the minutes as written. Lewis seconded the motion.
The vote was: 5 yes – 0 no
Risa Buck, Oak Street, asked for one/five/ten-year plans for the pool and short/long-term goals. She said pool programs and schedules had to meet the needs of community members. She expressed a desire to work with Parks to provide the best possible community pool.
Dan Gray, 659 Clay Street, a long-time Ashland resident and pool user, said the pool was constructed with community funds and intended for use by community members, with the Parks Department serving as pool manager / operator. He said the past five years saw a decrease in programming, partially due to a shortage of lifeguards. He said the pool historically opened on Memorial Day and closed on Labor Day but that practice ended some years ago. He said lifeguards in the community were willing to work.
Robertson reported on a previous meeting with Dan Gray in which he learned that lap swimmers felt staff lost contact with community swimmers’ needs. He suggested hosting a series of focus groups with pool user groups to review the issue in detail. He said staff would schedule the meetings for January 2010, at the start of the budget season, with commissioners and school district representatives invited to participate.
REQUEST FROM PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSOIN TO PLACE MEMORIAL SCULPTURE IN JAPANESE-STYLE GARDEN IN LITHIA PARK
Robertson said former city councilor Alice Hardesty requested the placement of a memorial sculpture in the Japanese-style garden in Lithia Park in honor of her husband, former councilor Jack Hardesty. He said the sculpture currently was located in the
After considerable discussion, the request was tabled pending Parks Commissioners’ attendance at the November 20 Public Arts Commission meeting. Commissioners expressed a desire to conduct a dialogue with the other commission regarding public art in parks and any potential overlap within their policies.
UPPER CLAY STREET PROPERTY DISCUSSION
Robertson said the commission discussed both the upper and lower Clay Street properties at their October 19 study session. He said the lower
MOTION Eggers moved to authorize staff to publicly state that the commission chose—for likely inclusion within the upper Clay Street park property—open lawn, playground area, ADA-accessible parking spaces, walkways, drinking fountains, community garden plots, benches, and trash receptacles, with controlled access to the creek and restricted vehicle access through the park.
5 yes – 0 no
SUB-COMMITTEE and STAFF REPORTS
Lewis provided the commission with an update on the work of the Croman Advisory Subcommittee.
Noraas provided the commission with an update on the work of the Forest Lands Commission.
Gardiner appointed Eggers and Noraas to serve on the newly formed Pesticides Subcommittee.
ITEMS FROM COMMISSIONERS
Eggers requested an update on the status of water quality testing conducted by the Public Works Department over the summer months.
UPCOMING MEETING DATES and PROPOSED AGENDA ITEMS
ADJOURNMENT– By consensus, with no further business, Gardiner adjourned the meeting at 8:52 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Susan Dyssegard,