Parks & Recreation Commission
City of Ashland
PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
February 25, 2002
Present: Commissioners Eggers, Jones, Landt, Lewis; Director Ken Mickelsen
Absent: Commissioner MacGraw
CALL TO ORDER
Chair Landt called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Regular Meeting January 28, 2002 Commissioner Eggers corrected the
capitalization of her first name on page eight of the January 28, 2002
minutes. Commissioner Jones moved to approve the minutes
of the January 28, 2002 Regular Meeting as corrected. Commissioner Eggers seconded.
The vote was: 4 yes 0 no
Open Forum - None
ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO THE AGENDA - None
GARFIELD PARK SKATEBOARD AREA REDESIGN
Director Mickelsen reminded Commissioners that the idea to redesign Garfield's
skateboard area to accommodate street-style skating had been initially
presented by a group at the January 2002 Regular
Commission Meeting. He explained that Commissioner MacGraw, who had been working with the group on this proposal, was unable to attend tonight's meeting. Director Mickelsen referenced
Commissioner MacGraw's proposal on this topic (as outlined in her February 6, 2002 memo), which, in part, suggests that the Commission "commit $5,000 toward the upgrade, contingent upon the
group's raising the balance of money necessary to complete the skateboard area as proposed...the Commission portion shall not be made available until such time as the balance of funding is obtained to
complete the project."
Zach Mellecker (2909 Diane Street), a member of the group, highlighted
some of the points of the proposal and presented the Commission with a
petition signed by local businesses that have expressed
support for this project. In response to questioning from Commissioner Lewis, Mr. Mellecker expressed his strong belief that the redesigned Garfield Park Skateboard Area would attract as many users as the
Water Street Skateboard Park (i.e. high usage). Commissioner Jones inquired as to the fiscal accountability logistics of the fundraising endeavor proposed by the group. Mr. Mellecker deferred to Director
Mickelsen, who explained that the Department and perhaps the Ashland Parks Foundation could work with the group in that area.
Discussion Among Commissioners
Commissioner Jones expressed her support for this "win-win" project, noting that over 80% of the funding for the proposed improvements would come from the interest group itself.
After some discussion about the budgetary ramifications of committing $5000
from the 2002-2003 Budget toward this project, there was general agreement
among Commissioners to support such a
commitment from the 2002-2003 Budget's "Capital Outlay" category.
Commissioner Lewis stated his view that "this is seed money that would
help them get the rest of (the money)" and that the project was worth addressing
the budgetary issues to make the money available if
MOTION Commissioner Jones moved to have the Commission designate five thousand
dollars ($5000.00) from the 2002-2003 Budget's "Capital Outlay" category
to go toward skateboard area
improvements at Garfield Park. Commissioner Landt seconded.
As a friendly amendment, Commissioner Landt asked to include Commissioner MacGraw's proposal, slightly modified, from her February 6, 2002 memo, as stated below:
I propose the Commission support the upgrade of the Garfield Park skateboard area as detailed in the following points:
1.that the Commission grant permission to enlarge the existing skateboard area at Garfield Park as indicated on the attached map.
2.that the Commission commit $5,000 toward the upgrade, contingent upon
the group's raising the balance of money necessary to complete the skateboard
area as proposed. Estimated project cost is $40,000.
The Commission portion shall not be made available until such time as the balance of funding is obtained to complete the project.
3.that the Department crew remove the existing skating structures, prepare the area for construction and connect the drain pipes to the storm drains.
This proposal is made with the following stipulations:
1.The balance of money necessary for the project ($35,000) must be raised by the group no later than July 1, 2003. If the balance has not been raised by July 2, 2003, this entire proposal shall be withdrawn.
2.The Commission's $5,000 commitment is contingent upon City Council approval of the proposed 2002-2003 Parks Budget
The vote was: 4 yes - 0 no