MINUTES OF THE Regular Meeting of the Show Low Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee held on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room, 550 North 9th Place, Show Low, Navajo County, Arizona.
1. Call to Order.
Chairman David Fawcett called the meeting to order at 5:36 p.m.
2. Roll Call.
PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT: Chair, David Fawcett, Vice Chair Sally Williams, committee member Ken Van Winkle.
PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT: Committee members Jimmy Jayne, Steve Hair
STAFF PRESENT: Jason Mangum, Parks and Recreation Director
3. Consideration of Approval of Minutes of September 16, 2010.
KEN VAN WINKLE MOVED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM September 16, 2010. SALLY WILLIAMS SECONDED THE MOTION. MOTION PASSED 3 TO 0.
4. Update on Nikolaus Homestead and discussion on Nikolaus Park Playground community Build – Jason Mangum, Parks and Recreation Director
Mr. Mangum explained that the construction of Nikolaus Homestead Park is nearing completion. The Playground build went off without community help. There are some landscaping projects that still need to be done. Signage needs to be completed, including signage for the Show Low BMX Track. Mr. Fawcett recommended that the City of Show Low hold a Grand Opening Celebration in the spring to celebrate the completion of the park.
5. Update and discussion on Arizona Centennial Project.
Mr. Mangum reported that the City of Show Low is hoping to play a role in the Arizona Centennial. The original idea of building a playground has stalled out due to lack of funds. Mr. Fawcett recommended that the dedication of Nikolaus Homestead Park should serve as a Arizona Centennial Event.
6. Discussion on Show Low Christmas Light Parade
Mr. Mangum encouraged Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Members to encourage their business and social contacts to place an entry in the annual Show Low Christmas Light Parade. At this time the numbers of entries are low. There were 29 entries in last year’s parade and we would like to at least match that number.
7. Consideration of Approval of City Park – Bench adoption project
Mayor Rick Fernau has asked the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to discuss the feasibility of implementing a Park Bench Adoption Project. The purpose of the project is to generate donations and sponsors for the purchase and installation of Park Benches to be located around the walking trail at Show Low City Park. These benches will bear the name of the donor with a plaque. Mr. Fawcett commented that a similar project was implemented to purchase benches in Pinetop-Lakeside.
SALLY WILLIAMS MOVED TO APPROVE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A CITY PARK – PARK BENCH ADOPTION PROJECT BEGINNING IN THE SPRING OF 2011. KEN VAN WINKLE SECONDED THE MOTION. MOTIONED PASSED 3-0.
8. Report on Parks and Recreation Coordinator Vacancy
Jessica Compton has been hired as the new Recreation Coordinator for special events. She will be relocating to the area from the Indianapolis, Indiana area. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Recreation and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology. She will begin work on November 29, 2010.
9. Discussion on tournament and group sales/events
Mr. Mangum discussed the importance of securing tournaments, groups and events that will have a positive economic impact on the area. He encouraged committee members to give feedback concerning possible events and tournaments for Show Low.
10. Report from Show Low fields committee
Mr. Fawcett reported that all youth sports organizations have been pleased over the past year on the quality and availability of the youth sports playing fields. The focus of the committee will be turned to helping attract various organizations to host trainings, and tournaments on our fields. There is some work that needs to be done at Elks Fields. They are hoping to find someone to do the work as part of an Eagle Scout Service Project.
11. Directors Report
As mentioned earlier in the meeting the Show Low Christmas
Light Parade will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2010
The School District and the City of Show Low have met with representatives of the American Kennel Club to host a large scale dog show in October 2011.
B. White Mountain Youth Leadership Partnership
The City of Show Low has been working heavily on the White Mountain Youth Leadership Program. There are many events scheduled for the winter and spring months. A November rock climbing class was well received by both parents and participants.
There being no further business to be brought before the committee, Chair Fawcett adjourned the Regular Meeting of the Show Low Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee of March 18, 2010 at 6:44 p.m.