The board denied hosting a proposed long-running Farmers Market for Urban Cookhouse, citing potential damage to the grounds and reluctance to devote so many public resources to a private business. Other events were approved. Recurring annual reports from sports leagues, such as soccer, cheerleading and softball, have been delayed and will begin next month.
Members present: Chris Meeks, chair, Jody Brant, Gary Isenhower, Michael Murray, Paula Smalley, Keith Stansell and Marjorie Trimm.
Members absent: Becky Morton and Tyler Vail.
Staff present: Berkley Squires, public service superintendent, Rusty Holley, Rec Center director, board secretary, and Jakob Stephenson, athletic director.
Audience attendance: 1
No minutes approved.
Programs Committee report – Ms. Trimm, chair, said the committee was in the process of reviewing the by-laws, as required by law.
Denied a request by the Urban Cookhouse to hold a summertime Farmers Market series at Central Park: Mr. Murray said the Facilities Committee had mixed feelings about the restaurant’s request last month to hold a series of 11 farmers markets on the Central Park grounds. Urban Cookhouse has conducted past markets in the SoHo parking lot and outside the second location, at the Summit. They sought out the park for the Homewood markets for better visibility. After some discussion about the potential damage to grass and concrete from vendor trucks and the appropriateness of reserving so much time and space for a for-profit business, Mr. Meeks asked for a motion to disapprove. That being made and seconded, the request was denied.
Approved the Exceptional Foundation’s April calendar: The park board reviews the Exceptional Foundation’s calendar one month in advance to compare with park programs and prevent over-crowding the shared parking lot.
Approved, with some hesitation, a March 12 10K run starting at Patriot Park: The board approved the race sponsored by the Birmingham-based National Center for Sports Safety, which will begin at Patriot Park and end on Lakeshore Trail’s “Lakeshore Park Plaza,” with an anticipated 300 in attendance. Set-up will begin at 5:30 a.m., with athletes arriving at 6:30 a.m. and a start at 8 a.m. The park will be cleared of the event by 8:30 a.m. Mr. Holley said the group didn’t give the park staff much lead time to arrange the event, which also requires coordinating and funding extra police presence.