City of Ashland
PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
February 26, 2014
Present: Commissioners Landt, Lewis, Seffinger, Shaw; Director Robertson; Superintendents Dials and Dickens
CALL TO ORDER
Seffinger called the study session to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Parks office, 340 S. Pioneer Street.
|Commissioner / Staff||Choice #1 - Summary||Choice #2 - Summary||Choice #3 - Summary|
|Rachel Dials||Fund Current CIP||Ice Rink Concessions Stand||Daniel Meyer Wading Pool|
|Rick Landt||Lithia Park Master Plan||Second Dog Park||Fund Current CIP|
|Vanston Shaw||Second Dog Park||Fund Current CIP||Extension of Clay Street Park w/Second Dog Park|
|Stefani Seffinger||Ice Rink Concessions Stand||Second Dog Park||Lithia Park Master Plan|
|Jim Lewis||Fund Current CIP||Second Dog Park||Daniel Meyer Wading Pool|
|Bruce Dickens||Repair Parks Office||Ice Rink Concessions Stand||Repair Daniel Meyer Pool Facility|
|Don Robertson||Ice Rink Concessions Stand||Fund Current CIP||Repair Parks Office|
Other Project Ideas
Robertson shared his concern about Mt. Ashland’s inability to open this season due to drought. He thought a stabilizing loan with the City of Ashland might help sustain them into the next season. Shaw expressed support for the idea.
Dickens wanted a new, sustainable Parks and Recreation headquarters with meeting rooms and plenty of office space because the current building was cramped and required seismic upgrades.
Dials spoke in favor of a multi-generational recreation center, currently unfunded in the CIP. She reported that the Ashland Senior Center and Daniel Meyer Pool were both aging and outgrowing their current structures. Linking with Dickens’ previous idea, Parks staff headquarters could be incorporated with the new center.
Discussion Among Commissioners
Landt thought it was important to choose a project that actually cost $470,000 and served multiple functions. In terms of funding the CIP, the commission would still have to convince City Council to support that idea. He said the ice rink concessions stand had been for sale for a number of years and the sellers were firm on the price (around $500,000). If the department generated revenues from the concessions stand, annual earnings would need to be $25,000 a year to justify the expense.
Lewis said two main projects were voted on several times: Daniel Meyer wading pool and a second dog park. He thought the ice rink was subsidized by the department more than the pool, which was heavily used by the public.
Shaw listed the projects he thought would be most supported by City Council and most appealing to the community: a second dog park, the ice rink concession stand and the water feature at Daniel Meyer Pool.
Landt made the point that installing a $500,000 water feature in the current Daniel Meyer Pool facility, which might need to be heavily renovated and/or relocated, would not be smart.
Dickens said spending the funds on a seasonal facility was a hard sell and eliminating the Daniel Meyer wading pool first required community input. Seffinger said she supported a splash pad at Garfield Park (which was free and more sanitary) over a wading pool at Daniel Meyer.
Shaw brought up the second dog park and the option of using Clay Street property versus purchasing more space for a second dog park on Mistletoe Road.
Landt said using property the department already owned was a good idea as long as more soccer fields would not be needed in the future on lower Clay Street. He also suggested constructing sidewalks along Winburn Way and Granite Street. Commissioners supported this idea because it increased public safety and could calm traffic by narrowing the street.
Robertson said using the funds for multiple projects would appeal to council and serve many community groups.
Dickens requested the commission’s strong consideration of safety improvements at the Parks office. The commission shared his concern and said they looked forward to receiving the seismic report clarifying whether the building was unsafe and if the issues could be addressed and fixed.
FINAL THOUGHTS FROM COMMISSIONERS
The commission reached a tentative consensus about using half of the funds for a second dog park on lower Clay Street off Villard in connection with the YMCA Park and using the other half to construct sidewalks along Winburn Way in Lithia Park. They agreed these were beneficial, visible projects that would increase public safety and not be funded otherwise. The commission planned to present their choices to council once staff provided cost estimates. A special meeting was set for Friday, March 7, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. in the Parks office, 340 S. Pioneer Street, to vote on commission choices for the special reserve fund.
Landt thanked staff for their work in providing an effective framework for discussing the many project options. Seffinger commended her fellow commissioners on their thoughtful responses. Dickens appreciated the collaborative approach between commissioners and staff during the elimination process.
ADJOURNMENT – With no further business, Seffinger adjourned the meeting at 8:35 p.m.
Ashland Parks and Recreation