Parks and Recreation Commission on October 1, 2020
7:00pm via Zoom
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- Call to Order
- Approval of Minutes
- September 3, 2020
- Board Update
- Welcome New Board Member: Jeremy Parrish
- Parks Report
- Recreation/Pool Report
- Questions or Concerns
- Next Meeting
- Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7:00pm.
Board Members Present: Richard Grugin, Craig Sundell, Marcia Ziemer, Jeremy Parrish, Amalia
Absentees: Megan Lehman, Shannon Green
Others Present: Tim Hamer, Guy Goldsmith, Brian Motley
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public health and safety concerns require City of
North Liberty public meetings to be held electronically, so as to limit the spread of
the virus. The public is invited to submit questions and comments in advance of the
meeting for consideration submitting them to the City Clerk Tracey Mulcahey via
email at [email protected]
This meeting may be accessed live by the public on the internet
at northlibertyiowa.org/live, on Facebook at facebook.com/northliberty or on
YouTube at www.youtube.com/channel/UCrCw6ipAPjJnd-olpRgPJcg. You can also
attend by phone; call 1 (312) 626 6799 with a touch-tone phone and enter the
meeting ID 892 3665 8556 and eight-digit meeting password 40202134.
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1. Call to Order
• Time: 7:00 by Richard Grugin
2. Approval of Minutes
• September 2nd, 2020: Motion by Marcia Ziemer, seconded by Craig Sundell;
3. Board Update
• Welcome new board member: Jeremy Parrish
• Parks Report
Continued catch up now that things from the Derecho are settled.
A lot of the staff have returned to school, so working with full time staff
Continue to have building maintenance (Phase 2 at Ranshaw house, Rec
Center humidification unit)
Continued ball field maintenance which has been busy with CR and NL
Soccer and football have been active so there has been line painting
associated with it.
Centennial Park tot lot is done and is open to the public. There has been
a lot of use already.
The trail between the playgrounds should lead to a splash pad and
amphitheater when the full project is complete.
Marcia asked about Centennial planning – some projects have been
delayed for COVID-19. Anticipates next phase for road paving and then
will try to aim for fundraising to support the other structures.
Red Fern Dog Park opened October 1st (soft opening). The park was busy
today. Asking for public feedback, as needed.
1. Grand opening will be Spring 2021
Number of seeding projects this fall due to the high volume of projects
across many of the community parks.
Guy is asking for public opinion on areas for improvement at Red Fern
Craig asked about fundraisers. Guy anticipates letting specific groups
continue their fundraising efforts and then towards the end can start
other fundraising opportunities. Goal is to avoid overlap in funding for
certain areas (i.e. dog park).
Amalia asked about the company that was being brought on for
Centennial Park. Guy reports that this was placed on hold because of
COVID-19 but anticipates it coming to the forefront soon.
Amalia asked about grants for the older adult equipment by the Rec
Center, but the grant was not funded.
• Recreation/Pool Report (Brian Motley)
Increased numbers within the Rec facility due to the weather changes.
Full reopening happened on 9/21 for the pool. Painting is complete and
the pool has been refilled.
Lap swimming is up and running.
Tippie Toes dance, Aquatic programs, Peewee baseball, and other
aerobic classes have started.
Shared football programs between NL, Coralville, and Tiffin is ongoing.
NLC Volleyball is going on which is another shared program.
Numbers, in general, have been lower which is good in regard to social
NLC Basketball will start in January and they anticipate higher
enrollment numbers and may have to turn down some participants
unless they can re-establish contract with ICCSD.
No Haunted Event this year, but there is a Halloween Moon Walk
around Liberty Centre Pond with currently 200 people signed up.
Swim lessons started with decreased numbers. Parents have to be in
water with child for younger children and the class sizes are limited to 3
BASP is up and running due to hybrid. The numbers vary between 8 and
Richard asked about staffing. Currently Rec Center is not open on the
weekends, and there is a decreased number of staff which causes some
constraints. Hoping to increase as number of users, team sports, etc.
Continued cleaning practices for distancing, masking, wiping down and
There has not been push back from community members regarding
restrictions and temp checks when entering the Rec Center.
Jeremy reports that Diventures has also been doing the parent in the
water method for swim lessons but they are planning to discontinue
Amalia asked about Swim Lesson demand. Brian believes that there was
higher demand than slots available and that staffing of swim lessons
continued to be a challenge.
• Questions or Concerns
No additional questions.
5. Next Meeting
• Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7:00pm.
• Motion by Amalia Gedney-Lose, seconded by Craig Sundell; motion carried
at 7:26 pm.