Connellsville rec board hopes to set rental prices for park pavilions

| Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

The Connellsville Recreation Board Monday night discussed further options for renting the pavilions in the city's parks.

With members having different opinions on the rental fees and guidelines, Greg Ritch, director of parks and public buildings, suggested they each compile a list of ideas to go over at the December meeting.

“We should develop a SOP (standard operating procedure) on what the standard rental fees and hours of operation should be to go with what we have in place until we can gather more information,” Ritch said. “Each of you should draft up something and everyone come up with some type of proposal, then we can go over them at the next meeting.”

The board would like to agree upon a fee schedule that would then be taken to city council for a final vote.

The board is also interested in purchasing a new piece of playground equipment for the South Side park.

“Find out a price on what piece of equipment it is that you want,” street department supervisor Vernon Ohler said, adding that they may be able to get a better deal now that the warm weather is past. “We can look into end-of-season deals.”

The Halloween movie “Casper” was shown at the Porter Theater, sponsored by the board. The group decided that at all future movies showings, they will ban any food or beverages being brought into the venue.

“We should never do popcorn,” board member Leigh Ann Lincoln said. “No one should be able to bring in anything anymore. It was a mess.”

The board decided to host a Christmas-themed movie at the theater on Dec. 1, to immediately follow the puppet show, which begins at 1 p.m. The title of the movie will be announced at a later date.

Addressing how school students will find out about the movie, member Gregory Lincoln said it would be beneficial if the district's school board members who are part of the recreation group would attend their meetings to help with school-related subjects.

“We have two school board members who never attend meetings and its very, very frustrating,” he said.

The castle overlook in East Park is almost completed. Ritch suggested that some type of rededication should be held to honor the occasion.

The board also discussed flooding the courts in Woodruff Park to allow ice skating.

“I say that if we know we are going to have a good, long cold spell that we should go for it,” Ohler said, adding that the park could then be used for both recreational skating and hockey.

The board is studying the purchase of two new basketball hoops for the South Side park and reported that the edging placed in Austin Park worked out well.

The cameras in both Yough and East parks are expected to be functional again this week and the restrooms at Yough Park are operational again.

The board is looking for a sponsor for its Christmas movie, which will cost $300. Any person or group interesting in sponsoring the movie can call board president Melissa Tzan at 724-628-0107.

The next recreation board meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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