Park Board, July 9, 2015

Pool numbers this year are about the same as last year. About 550 attended a recent members-only (plus a few guests) evening swim event. More will follow.

Pool numbers this year are about the same as last year. About 550 attended a recent members-only (plus a few guests) evening swim event. More will follow.

The board dispersed within 20 minutes after approving several events and discussing yet another delay in the signing of the shared parking agreement. The agreement will govern how the board will allow the foundation to use its parking space, including prohibiting parking during basketball season, and requiring from the foundation monthly advance notice of all its events, which must be approved by the park board. Friction has continued between the two entities, which both have expanded their buildings onto limited parking space. At issue this month is wording in the agreement that would allow the board to cancel the foundation’s parking privileges if it broke certain rules. Click here for the latest agreement.

Mr. Meeks said the foundation wants a procedure in place for addressing conflicts before privileges would be terminated. The foundation’s suggestions will be sent back to the board by the next meeting via the city attorney.

Members present: Tom Blake, Jody Brant, Chris Meeks, chairman, Michael Murray, Keith Stansell, Marjorie Trimm, and Tyler Vail. Council liaison Rich Laws was also present.

Members absent: Becky Morton and Paula Smalley.

Staff present: Berkley Squires, public services director, Rusty Holley, Rec Center Supervisor, and Angie Montgomery and Heddy Fitts, taking minutes.

Approved minutes of the June 4, 2015, meeting.

HANDMADELOGOApproved the Handmade Art Festival at Patriot Park in October: The annual art show was established 21 years ago and now revived and presented semi-annually by the Homewood Arts Advisory Council at Patriot Park. This fall’s show will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Approved the Creative Montessori Fun Run at Central Park in November: This recurring event involves mainly the students, parents and a few guests of the Creative Montessori School, just down the street. The event includes running laps of the park and an adult 5K run through the neighborhood, with onsite inflatables, tents, etc. 

CHILREN'SMIRACLENETApproved Samford University’s Phi Mu 5K charity run at Central Park: The 5K and Fun Run raises funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Birmingham. 

Approved the Exceptional Foundation’s August event calendar: The Exceptional Foundation is submitting for board approval a calendar of its events that would affect the parking lot. 

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