-Discussion/Action of the Youth Sports Program Field Reservation Policy
-Discussion regarding the development of a Bark Lake Park Master Plan.
At the September meeting several Park Commission members expressed concern about their lack of knowledge about the situation overall and made a motion to delay till October meeting to gather information and make determinations regarding field usage.
The revised policy was presented on Oct. 14th and it gives priority in scheduling to the Rockets at Fireman’s Park and priority in scheduling at Heritage Park to RYBSA. Village Administrator Jim Healy was heard to say, “At Heritage Park the priorities will be: RYBSA games, Rockets games, RYBSA practices, Rockets practices and vice versa at Fireman’s Park.”
Concern was voiced regarding other private clubs coming to Richfield and using the fields in place of Richfield residents and their children.
Previous to the meeting, some children had been asked to send letters to the village advocating for their preferred outcome. While this might have been additional work for village staff it also could be seen as a great way to teach our youth how to take action when they are passionate about an issue in their community.
Bark Lake Park Master Plan was then discussed and input was given by commission members. A copy of a Preliminary Master Site Plan can be found on the village website in the Park Commission packet for October 14th, 2015. The cost for the proposed plan is $262,030.00.
Items included in this plan:
-Playground swings and other equipment
-Path and picnic area
-Possible tennis courts, shuffleboard and sand volley ball courts
-Picnic bench, table, grills and shade trees.
Stay tuned to see how each of these items work out in the future.