Park Board meeting, July 7, 2016


Pool membership is “steady” this year, the second since the rec center renovation in 2014

SUMMARY: Two years ago, in June 2014, the park board added a last-minute $200,000 to its budget request to the city for a “Gateway Project,” a structure of some sort to mark the presence of the park and newly built rec center. Several people had asked to informally submit design idea, including Davis Architecture and Homewood landscape architect Chuck Kelly. The mayor ultimately rejected that expense and suggested the board raise its own funds, as reported during the board’s budget meeting in June 2015,  On Thursday, the board announced it would revisit those plans, mentioning the Kelly submission in particular, at its Aug. 2 Facilities Committee meeting. See below.

Members present: Chris Meeks, chair, Gary Isenhower, Jody Brant, Marjorie Trimm and Michael Murray.

Members absent: Paula Smalley, Becky Morton, Keith Stansell, and Tyler Vail.

Staff present: Berkley Squires, public service superintendent, Stephen Jakobson, athletic director, and board secretary.

Audience attendance: 1

Approved the June 2016 meeting minutes.

Approved the Exceptional Foundation August calendar, with comments: The foundation’s events calendar, which is now subject to Park Board approval to prevent parking conflicts, was approved with the comment that the foundation’s Aug. 27 Knight’s of Columbus meeting from 6-11 p.m. would conflict with the park’s Back to School Bash, which begins an hour earlier, and will probably take up all the spaces. After the meeting, the chairman answered a question about the status of the contentious shared parking agreement between the two entities. The board has signed off on a version but not heard back from the foundation. The foundation has said the matter is being handled by its lawyer. 

Approved a Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Walk/Run for next spring: The ninth annual event at Central park will take place on April 29, 2017, from noon to 8 p.m., with kids activities, music, food, etc., expecting 300.

The next scheduled meeting is Aug. 4, with Facilities and Programs committees meeting on Aug. 2. The Facilities committee will be meeting at 6 p.m. to look at 2-year-old plans from landscape architect Chuck Kelly for an “entrance way” or welcome sign or something to denote the park and recreation center area. The elements of the design would be over the site of the former Jiffy Lube, which was demolished years ago and subject to some environmental monitoring.


2 responses to “Park Board meeting, July 7, 2016

  1. My name is Paige Bates. I am a resident of the Lakewood Hills neighborhood on the hill behind the soccer fields. I have a concern regarding the “Gateway Project”. That is a lot of money to spend when we are not able to maintain improvements we’ve already made. Years ago we spent a large sum of money to landscape the Greensprings cooridor between Vestavia Hills and Valley Ave. I drive down this road multiple times a day. Weeds are overtaking the landscape some are even taller than I am. Vines are overtaking many of the holly bushes. Some of the landscape is dead and the picket fence at the intersection of Raleigh Avenue and Greensprings is in very poor repair. I think before we approve a project that is this costly we should make efforts to properly maintain things we have already spent money on.

    Thank you for your consideration!

    Paige Bates


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