CALL TO ORDER: Vice Chair Rodrigues called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
ROLL CALL: Present were Vice Chair Ernie Rodrigues and Commissioners Blythe Lind, Lanny Brown and Sandra Myers. Excused: Chair Eileen Hofstadt. Staff members present were Roger Stromgren, Landscape/Facilities Manager; Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager; Barry Margesson, Landscape/Facilities Supervisor; Sue Barry, Recreation Supervisor; Mac Kaiser, Recreation Supervisor; Jackie Dwyer, Recreation Coordinator; Devin Hidalgo, Pool Manager; Edie Keller, Administrative Supervisor and Linda Stadlbauer, Administrative Assistant II.
PRESENTATION(S): Landscape Structures, Inc., Representative Jon Bawden, gave his presentation with the Revised Option A playground, which includes a Weevos area for 2-5 year olds, and an Evos area for 5-12 year olds. He gave three cost options; Idea A, the original as shown, at a cost of $58,000; Idea B, which would include shade over the structures, at a cost of $72,000; and Idea C, which would include rubberized play surfacing, at an additional cost of $45,000. The Commissioners liked the options, but are restricted by the $60,000-or-under budget. However, as a compromise, they would like to have more wobble-pads added to the design of the Evos, which Jon agreed to provide within our budget. It was suggested that a Mom’s group, like the Crusade for Shade, might be able to raise funds for the shade structures. Jon will leave the color samples for the Commission to decide final colors of equipment. He will return to next meeting with final design and cost.
CITIZEN COMMENTS: Concepcion James, a representative of the Contra Costa Health Services, was specifically interested in the value of the play equipment for cardio, strength and endurance and its impact on childhood obesity prevention. The presenter, Jon Bawden, responded that the equipment is designed to challenge children’s minds and bodies and that he would be glad to have her contact him directly for more specific information about the studies used to design the equipment.
Motion to approve items 1-4 of Consent Calendar.
Staff is requesting the Commission to approve adding the chart of parks and fields available for use information to the existing “special event” application and including it in the new Field Rental application.
Motion to approve Item 5 of Scheduled Matters
6. ACTION ITEM: Approve the disbandment of Team Azul and amendment to Article 17. of Adult Coed Soccer League House Rules (J. Dwyer/B Gary)
Discussion included the history of red cards/yellow cards and more specifics on Team Azul and the reasons for the disbandment request. The Commissioners agreed with staff’s reasons for disbandment.
Motion to approve Item 6 of Scheduled Matters
7. ACTION ITEM: Accept the Advertising Policy for City of Brentwood publications, brochures, and/or on suitable City-owned facilities and forward to City Council for approval. (S. Barry & P. Scherff)
Motion to approve Item 7 of Scheduled Matters and forward to City Council for approval.
8. ACTION ITEM: Accept the revised Park Closure Policy and forward to City Council to accept and file. (S. Barry)
Motion to approve Item 8 of Scheduled Matters and forward to City Council for acceptance and filing.
9. ACTION ITEM: Accept staff recommendations for Tournament Use of Sports Fields and forward to City Council to approve. (S. Barry)
Motion to approve Item 9 of Scheduled Matters and forward to City Council for approval.
Sue Barry thanked Commissioners Rodrigues and Brown for their assistance at the EDYSL meeting.
Poldina Scherff reminded the Commission that the Annual Tree Lighting will follow the Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 21. She also advised them that Youth Basketball signups were going well.
Roger Stromgren informed the Commission that McClarren Park is coming along, and that the play equipment should be installed by the first week in December. He also requested that the Park Naming Committee, Commissioners Lind and Brown, meet and think of ten new park names for the parks that will be coming on-line in the next year. He reminded the Commission to examine the color samples that Landscape Structures left for their consideration and choose colors for the equipment at Summerwood Park.
Barry Margesson informed the Commission that the shade canopy at Orchard Park had to be sent to Texas for repair, and due to that, the reinstallation will be delayed. Also, that the Police Department is well aware of the increase of vandalism and illegal activity at our parks. Parks and Recreation Department and Police Department have a “Parks Team” that meets quarterly to discuss prevention plans, and are convening in December to coordinate increased counter measures.
Commissioner Rodrigues requested that the Parks staff inspect the flags at Veterans Park and replace the damaged ones. Also, that he believes it would be a good public relations gesture to see a City sponsored event at the park on next Veterans Day.
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