COMMUNITY & RECREATION SERVICES
July 10, 2007 / 6:00 PM
SURPRISE REGIONAL LIBRARY
16089 N. BULLARD AVENUE
SURPRISE, ARIZONA 85374
Turner, Vice-Chair, Mary Lou Youngblood, Mark Brown, Lou Provenzano, Brian Scott,
ex-officio member, Absent: Trent Renner-Chairman, Ron Jensen, Mike Hawkins
Staff: Mark Coronado, Heidi Gannuscio, Donna Miller, Hobart Wingard
Community & Recreation Services Minutes of May 8, 2007
approve the minutes of May 8, 2007
Youngblood - 2nd Wayne Turner
4 yes votes (Renner,
Jensen, Hawkins absent)
Chairman Report –
Member Report – Lou Provenzano and Mark Brown introduced themselves.
Recreation Services Director Report – Mark Coronado provided an update
explaining the 4th of July event went well and that 15,000 were in
attendance. Explained the summer recreation programming and the aquatics
programming is going very well. He further explained the Hollyhock pool
attendance is up 12% from last year and the both pools received a perfect
report from the Maricopa County Health Department.
Item 1 Swearing
in of Board Members – Sherry Aguilar, City Clerk, swore in Mark Brown, Lou
Provenzano and Wayne Turner.
Item 2 Surprise Farms Phase I and
Phase II - Mark Coronado explained the project has been challenging for everyone
involved, due to the budget (slowdown of housing starts) and a delay in
ownership. The City did not have ownership of the property until January 2007.
Mark further explained that up until recently, the aquatic center is no longer
in the current 5-year Capital Improvement Program, but has been postponed until
2012, due to the slow housing starts, resulting in less impact fee revenue.
The design documents for
what has historically been called Phase I are 100% complete. Phase I currently
consists of a softball complex, pickleball courts, volley ball courts and
basketball courts. What has historically been called Phase II is the linear
piece to the west. Phase II currently has homes surrounding the property and
concerns have been brought by the residents regarding dust and have expressed
the property is an eye-sore. At the request of Council Member Sullivan, staff
was directed to develop a plan to use the available $5 million designated for
Phase I to somehow combine the construction of Phase I and Phase II.
The decision moving
forward is to complete the softball complex portion of Phase I and construct
Phase II. The construction of Phase II should move fairly quickly due to lack
of vertical build, with the exception of the restrooms. The pickleball courts
will be moved to the Tennis and Racquet Facility at the Recreation Campus.
Council Member Sullivan
stated the developer promised a park where the houses currently surround the
linear property and this is the City’s solution to provide the park sooner.
Richard Lettie, Vice
President of Surprise Farms II HOA, expressed concerns regarding dust and stated
the property is unattractive.
Jim Marshall, President
of Surprise Farms II HOA, expressed the same concerns and added he didn’t
support sod on the property and supported the concept shown at the meeting.
Mary Lou Youngblood
stated she didn’t feel a dog park on the linear property was in the interest of
the residents due to barking dogs.
Mark Brown asked what
input was received from the residents regarding the design. Mark Coronado
explained there was a public process through the CRS Advisory Board meetings.
Mike Treguboff, Surprise
Farms resident, inquired as to the need of another softball complex. Mark
Coronado explained this is a regulation field for women/adult softball teams
and stated the City does not have enough of these. Wayne Turner agreed.
Mike Treguboff stated he
didn’t want to see a dog park on the linear property, but supported volleyball,
playground equipment and Frisbee golf.
Motion to approve the Phasing of
Phase I and Completion of Phase II
Motion Mary Lou Youngblood 2nd
4 yes votes
Item 3 Tennis Facility –
relocation of pickleball courts – Mark Coronado explained the concerns brought
by citizens regarding having the courts at the Tennis Facility are no longer
there. There is currently $450,000 in the budget for the design of the pickle
Motion to approve the relocation of
the pickleball courts from Surprise Farms to the Tennis Facility
Motion Mary Lou Youngblood 2nd
Item 4 Skate Park Update - Mark
Coronado provided a brief update on the skate park explaining the conceptual
design documents have been provided to Public Works and staff returned comments
to Site Design and geotechnical soil studies commenced the week of July 2nd.
Item 5 Parks and Recreation Open
Space and Trails Plan Presentation – Mark Coronado and Hobart Wingard, Planner,
presented this item. This plan, moving forward, will set the minimum
guidelines developers will have to follow when designating open space as a city
park. The plan follows National Recreation and Park Association standards with
regard to defining park types regarding minimum size, geographic service area
and acres per 1,000 population. Mark Coronado emphasized the importance of
this piece with regard to accepting open space from developers as a park
designation. Mark further stated the City will require nine acres of open
space per 1,000 resident consisting of six acres of open space and three acres
of passive space.
The Trails Plan will
eventually have connectivity to other trails including state trails. Design of
the trails will include trailheads, lighting, and opportunities for equestrian
July 10, 2007 at 7:55 p.m. Motion Mary Lou Yougblood /2nd Lou
Provenzano - 4 yes votes
Stevens, Deputy City Clerk
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