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01-27-2009 PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING January 27, 2009 1 The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting was held on January 27, 2009, at 2 Thomas Branigan Memorial Library at 7 00 pm in the Don Dresp Room, 200 East 3 Picacho, Las Cruces, New Mexico 4 5 PARKS & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT 6 Mr Isaac Chavez, Mr Gerald Saige, Mr Eli Guzman, 7 Mr Kirk M Clifton, Ms Alice Ward and Mr Frank Carril 8 9 MEMBERS ABSENT 10 11 OTHERS PRESENT Ms Lori Grumet, Public Services Director, Mr Mark 12 Johnston, Parks Administrator, James Rivera, Recreation 13 Administrator, Ms Cathy Mathews, Landscape Architect, 14 Mr Ted Novack, Project Manager and Mr Christopher 15 Micklevitz, Parks 16 17 Meeting was called to order at 7 00 pm 18 19 1 Introductions — Board Members introduced themselves and stated the district they 20 represent. 21 22 II Approval of Minutes — Mr Chavez made a motion to approve the minutes Mr 23 Clifton 2nd the motion Motion passed 6-0 24 25 Mr Gerald Sage voted YES Ms Alice Ward voted YES 26 Mr Isaac Chavez voted YES Mr Kirk Clifton voted YES 27 Mr Eli Guzman voted YES Mr Frank Carril voted YES 28 29 III New Business 30 31 A. Park Naming — Neighborhood Community Garden - Action 32 33 Ms Cathy Mathews gave a history of the neighborhood community garden which will 34 soon be under construction at the southwest corner of Picacho and San Pedro She 35 explained that the Las Esperanzas group has worked closely with area state 36 legislatures to acquire funding Las Esperanzas is interested in naming the community 37 garden "The Antonio Lujan Community Garden" in honor of the state representative 38 39 Mr Chavez asked about the funding for the community garden 40 41 Ms Cathy Mathews explained that it was legislative funding in the amount of$50,000 42 43 Mr Chavez asked what Las Esperanzas contribution was to the community garden 44 project. 1 1 2 Mr Johnston stated that Las Esperanzas is going to help manage the garden 3 4 Mark Johnson indicated that rules and policies will be brought to the board in February 5 6 Mr Sage asked if there were any other suggested names 7 8 Ms Cathy Mathews stated that there was no official naming process in place 9 10 Mr Clifton asked if there were any considerations made in naming the garden after Las 11 Esperanzas 12 13 Ms Cathy Mathews stated that it was mentioned by Las Esperanzas, but not seriously 14 considered 15 16 Mr Chavez stated that he does not believe that it is appropriate to name a park after a 17 politician still in office and that this issue should be sent back to Las Esperanzas for 18 consideration 19 20 Mr Clifton agrees with Mr Chaves, geographic location is more appropriate 21 22 Mr Guzman also agrees 23 24 Mr Johnston suggested that at this time the board can table the matter and give him 25 and parks staff an opportunity to consult with Las Esperanzas and bring the issue back 26 to the board at the February meeting 27 28 Mr Clifton made a motion to table the item until February meeting, Mr Carril 2nd the 29 motion Motion passed 6-0 30 31 Mr Gerald Sage voted YES Ms Alice Ward voted YES 32 Mr Isaac Chavez voted YES Mr Kirk Clifton voted YES 33 Mr Eli Guzman voted YES Mr Frank Carril voted YES 34 35 B. Park Naming — Neighborhood Community Park - Action 36 37 Mr Ted Novack gave information on the completed solicitation for the naming of the 38 newest neighborhood park located at 1001 Valley View Ave Starting in January 2009 39 the city asked the community for suggestions in naming the park. The suggested names 40 are Jornada Park, North Las Cruces Park, Rio Grande Valley Park, Roberto Estrada 41 Park and Sand Hill Arroyo Park. 42 43 Mr Sage asked if there was any name that was more popular than the other 44 45 Mr Novack stated that to the best of his recollection there was not one name that was 46 more requested than another 2 1 2 Mr Clifton asked what the procedure was for voting for one of the names 3 4 Mark Johnston gave options on how the board could vote on names for the park. 5 6 The consensus of the board was to each name their top pick. 7 8 Ms Alice Ward selected Sand Hill Arroyo Park 9 Mr Eli Guzman selected North Las Cruces Park 10 Mr Frank Carril selected North Las Cruces Park 11 Mr Kirk Clifton selected North Las Cruces Park 12 Mr Isaac Chavez selected North Las Cruces Park 13 Mr Gerald Sage selected North Las Cruces Park 14 15 Mr Clifton made a motion to call the park located at 1001 Valley View Ave, North Las 16 Cruces Park, Mr Chavez 2nd the motion Motion passed 6-0 17 18 Mr Gerald Sage voted YES Ms Alice Ward voted YES 19 Mr Isaac Chavez voted YES Mr Kirk Clifton voted YES 20 Mr Eli Guzman voted YES Mr Frank Carril voted YES 21 22 C Playful City USA— Kaboom - Action 23 24 Ms Lori Grumet, provided information to the board on Playful City USA (Kaboom), 25 which is a national program that gives recognition and honors cities and towns across 26 the nation that makes a commitment to taking action for play She explained that no city 27 in New Mexico has yet to receive this distinction Ms Grumet explained studies have 28 shown that communities who put more time and energy into their youth typically raise 29 more productive adults 30 31 Ms Grumet explained the benefits of becoming a designated Playful City USA, 1) signs 32 at the entrances of the city, 2) eligible for awards and special incentives, including 33 grants, 3) Recognition on a national level and recognition through the media 4) would 34 receive access to Kaboom a Non-Profit Organization and all of the benefits they 35 provide 36 37 Ms Grumet explains what the criteria is to be designated a Playful City USA, 1) create a 38 local play commission, 2) design an action plan for play, 3) conduct a play space audit, 39 4) identify current spending on capitol projects and maintenance of play spaces, 5) 40 proclaim and celebrate an annual play day sometime in September 41 42 Ms Grumet explained to the board that preliminary applications must be turned in by 43 April 1 2009 and final applications are due by May 1 2009 Announcements of cities will 44 be made on June 1 2009 45 Ms Grumet asked for volunteers for the local play commission 46 3 I Mr Clifton volunteered to be on the local play commission 2 3 Mr Chavez requested that the Mayors' Ball Field Maintenance, Operations and Capital 4 Needs Ad Hoc Committee bring its recommendations to the Park Advisory Board 5 before they take them to city council 6 7 Mr Johnston requested that Mr Chavez bring that issue to the Ad Hoc board at the 8 next meeting 9 10 IV Reports 11 12 A. Recreation Section and Parks Management Reports for November and 13 December 2008 14 15 Mr Carril asked what the progress was on the Dog Park and where it is located 16 17 Mr Johnston told the board that the dog park was under construction and that it is 18 located behind Meerscheidt Recreation Center on Hadley and that it should be 19 completed in approximately 120 days 20 21 Mr Chavez asked about the kitchen remodel at the Mesilla Park Recreation Center and 22 the sound system and light board at Club Fusion 23 24 Mr Rivera explained that the kitchen is still under construction and Club Fusion is a 25 pending issue due to funding 26 27 Mr Clifton asked how community members can get in touch with the various sports 28 leagues around town so that their kids can participate in the local leagues 29 30 Mr Johnston stated that he would speak with Mr Rivera and see if they could come up 31 with a solution 32 33 Mr Chavez pointed out that there are three mistakes on the contact sheet, Isaac is 34 spelled with two a's not two s's, his zip code is 88007 not 88005 and it is Councilor 35 Small not Smalls 36 37 Mr Guzman asked what the operational hours were at the skate park. 38 39 Mr Johnston stated that they were from 8 00 am to 9 00 pm and the hours will go back 40 to 8 00 am to 11 00 pm when the occurrences of vandalism subsides 41 42 Mr Chaves asked if the Park Advisory Board minutes and agendas could be updated 43 online because there has not been an update since September of 2007 44 Ms Grumet explained that there is a technical problem that is prohibiting Barbara 45 Gomez from posting the minutes and agendas 46 4 1 Mr Chavez stated that was the answer he received from Barbara Gomez over a year 2 ago and with all of the resources in the City of Las Cruces he cannot imagine that this 3 issue cannot be resolved 4 5 Mr Chavez asked if the people responsible for vandalism could look into the graffiti at 6 the pocket park next to legends west. 7 8 Mr Carril asked if the board email addresses could be included on the contact sheet. 9 10 Mr Carril asked Mr Johnston how the Parks Section determines where Park Impact 11 Fees are gong to be spent and how Mr Carril asked about a particular piece of 12 property at Tierra Verde 13 14 Mr Johnston explained to the board that he would have to look into the property that 15 Mr Carril is referring to and that prioritization is targeted towards areas that do not have 16 any amenities 17 18 ADJOURNMENT 19 20 With no further business, Mr Saige adjourned the January 27, 2009 meeting at 8 05pm 21 22 23 24 25 d ristopher Micklevitz, Recording ecretary Gerald Saige, Chair P&R Board 26 27 5