Marinette Parks Committee Votes To Close Duer Gym Issue Date: February 13, 2020
A discussion that appeared at several prior City of Marinette Parks and Recreation meeting agendas was acted on at the Committee meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11 to determine the status of the Duer Gym.
Committee Chairperson Dorothy Kowalski said, "Gavin Scray and Rick Polzin were especially interested in the discussion regarding the Duer Gym". Scray said, "We need to seek out other possible places and options to put the programs that are held at the Duer Gym. The bend and stretch program can transition to the Rec Center, but we will have to setup a schedule for Volleyball and Basketball and I have discussed with River Cities pool for use of some of their space or we can integrate the programs into the Rec Center. We can accommodate various other rentals and uses such as Special Olympics and Birthday Parties at the Rec Center.
Scray continued, "The main service at the Duer was to provide free lunch to approximately nine to 12 kids for the summer program. We certainly will have a place to go, but with feeding the kids on that side of town, I will be reaching out to the library to see if they can be accommodated there".
Polzin commented, "I would like to see a set date of what makes sense, have a soft close, shut down and move on. I make a recommendation to close with a date to be determined by Scray and the Rec Department of what works for them after the programs have been moved and accounted for".
Kowalski stated, "The next thing is to look at what to do with the building, but that is another whole topic and we will keep it on the agenda for future discussions".
The other main item of discussion was funding for playground equipment. Scray said, "The discussion of new playground equipment started last year when looking at replacement mulch for the playgrounds. That discussion culminated into another discussion for replacement and/ or repair of all the playground systems".
Scray added, "With a proposed budget of $150,000 and $75,000 allocated towards the playgrounds, I reached out to Vern Lee from Lee Recreation in Cambridge (near Madison) for design and pricing of two different systems".
It was discussed and agreed upon to address the problem park first, which was the Higley Field playground. The goal is to make it a focal point for the park and the community. The new equipment would go where the existing equipment is now
Lee along with Jeff Thompson of Lee Recreation provided two quotes for Burke Playstructures. Both structures are designed for children ages five to 12 years old. The lower priced quote was for a structure consisting of 15 active play events for an estimated 101 users with a minimum area needed of 53 ft. x 46 ft. for $129,137. The second quote was for a structure with 19 active play events for an estimated 134 users with a minimum area needed of 55 ft. x 50 ft. for $137,856.
Kowalski and Polzin questioned if anything in the play structure accounted for handicap or if it was ADA compliant and if not they would like to see if there could be some ADA equipment accounted for in the setup. Scray responded, "Anything you add to the footprint will be more money". Polzin said, "I feel we have an obligation and you need to check it out".
Polzin asked, "When are we going to move on this, in 2020 or 2021 or when"? Scray said, "There is a five week lead time for materials and then an installation schedule would need to be setup". Kowalski replied, "We can't make a commitment until we get the other $75,000, we had no intentions to have this done in 2020".
After being approved to move forward, Kowalski stated, "It will now go to Finance and then will need to wait for $75,000 from the Capital budget for anticipated for a 2021 commitment".
Scray provided his Recreation Department report advising of upcoming events at the Rec Center including, Feb. 14, Tiny Tots Valentines Party; March 20-22, 18U Hockey Tournament; March 28, Einstein Project; March 27-29, McDonald Cup Men's Hockey Tournament; April 3-5, Danglefest Men's Hockey Tournament; April 4 Home and Garden Show; April 4-5 MYBI Tryouts; April 7 Voting; May 2 Spring fling Parking Lot Sale; May 8 Rumble At The REC; May 13 Health and Wellness Expo and May 14 MWC Walleye Tournament rules Meeting. His report also indicated Pickleball is increasing in popularity, the Indoor walking track numbers continue to increase and the outdoor ice rink is in operation and being used.
Senior Center activities continue with a Massage Clinic Partnership The Wellness clinic, Rennes bingo, Digital camera/tablet tips and tricks workshop, Movies and Munchies and a Soup mix in a jar workshop.
Recreation Department Assistant Director Adrienne Lacy also provided a report to the committee showing Community Programs. Sporties for Shorties started its second session and a fifth class was added to try to keep up with the demand. A skate and dance will be held on February 29; Martial Arts classes began on Jan. 6 with Arising Martial Arts; High school flag football started on Jan. 28 with seven teams; A new session of skating and tennis lessons will begin in Mid-February; Hooping and Martial Arts classes went well in January and are continuing if February and Summer Day Camp and Preschool Playhouse Summer Camp registration will begin on March 1.
Coming soon to the Rec Center will be Co-ed, women's and men's Adult softball leagues along with an Adult Soccer league. Programming events for 2020 include February - Tiny Tot Valentine Party; March - American Girl Tea Party; April - Egg roll; May Spring Fling Parking Lot Sale; June, July and August Summer Day Camp; October - Tiny Tot Halloween Party and December - Movie On the Turf.
Three items were suggested for the March agenda items for further discussion including the Duer Gym, moving forward and what can be done with it; the Playstructure equipment along with checking into ADA options and talk about the Tourist Lodge Building about the opportunity to sell merchandise and clothing.
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