The City’s Parks & Recreation Department has been busy addressing key recommendations that emerged from the 2018 Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan, with a focus on using information from residents as we plan park improvements and service delivery enhancements.
One significant recommendation that emerged as a direct result of community feedback is to revisit the issue of inadequate indoor recreation and community gathering space. Most notably, the findings of a statistically valid survey indicated that 81% of respondents supported a feasibility study on a multi-generational indoor recreation facility.
In July of 2019, City Council established a Community Center Study Group (subsequently changed to the Community Center Feasibility Task Force) to guide this process. At its August 19 meeting, Council City Council approved the appointment of Margie Pizzuti and Nick Lashutka to serve as co-chairs for the Task Force.
Members of the Community Center Feasibility Task Force are:
|Dianne Albrecht||Kelly Boggs-Lape||Supen Bowe|
|Greg Comfort||Wendy Gomez||Merry Hamilton|
|Nick Lashutka, Co-Chair||Chuck Manofsky||Linda Mauger|
|Linda Moulakis||Brian Perera||Margie Pizzuti, Co-Chair|
|Matthew Rule||Todd Walter||Bill Westbrook|
Since beginning to meet, the Task Force has determined the process would be best served by securing the professional assistance of a consultant team experienced in conducting feasibility studies of this nature. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process was initiated by the City in early September, and a Selection Subcommittee has been formed to review resulting RFQ submissions and to make a recommendation on the preferred firm. It is anticipated that the consultant team will be on board and beginning its work with the Task Force in November. See the Selection Subcommittee section below for more information and meeting details.
The Task Force has also determined that it will be appropriate to form additional subcommittees to work on the following topic areas:
– Community Engagement
– Facilities & Partnerships
The work of the Task Force is expected to run into 2020, with the goal of presenting the findings and recommendations back to City Council in the spring or early summer. Please watch for updates on this exciting process and how you can be involved.
The scope of the study will include, but is not limited to:
- Ensuring that the study process includes extensive opportunities for community participation.
- Assessing the community’s needs and existing conditions, including options for the replacement of the City’s existing Senior Center.
- Reviewing the facilities and models of operation in other communities.
- Reviewing Upper Arlington’s history relative to the community center issue.
- Identifying possible locations, desired amenities and projected costs.
- Exploring funding strategies for constructing, operating and maintaining a prospective facility, including consideration of public/private opportunities.
The CCFTF Community Engagement Subcommittee is charged with developing an extensive, open and transparent community engagement process that encourages multiple opportunities for citizen participation and input. With the support and guidance of the professional feasibility study consultant firm, the work of this subcommittee will include, but is not limited to:
- Planning and conducting a variety of public meetings (open houses, focus groups, pop up gatherings, etc.)
- Planning and conducting citizen surveys, to include one statistically valid survey, informal online surveys as appropriate, questionnaires, etc.
- Reviewing data and resident input gathered through previous outreach (2018 Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan, etc.)
- Creating summaries of the feedback obtained through these processes
The CCFTF Facilities & Partnerships Subcommittee is charged with developing the parameters for a prospective community center facility—to include the consideration of partnership opportunities—that would best fulfill residents needs and desires. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Visiting/reviewing facilities in comparable communities
- Assessing the community’s needs and existing amenities and programs
- Considering potential locations for a prospective facility
- Exploring existing models of public and private partnership opportunities
The CCFTF Finance Subcommittee is charged with exploring all financial considerations associated with a prospective community center. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Identifying possible sources of capital funding
- Identifying possible sources of funding for ongoing operations, programming and maintenance
- Consideration of financial business models for facilities in comparable communities
- Developing an overarching summary of funding strategy options
The Task Force has determined that the feasibility study process will best be served with the professional assistance of a consultant team experienced in conducting feasibility studies of this nature. The Selection Subcommittee is charged with reviewing and making a recommendation back to the Task Force of the Whole on the preferred consultant. This subcommittee is comprised of Greg Comfort, Nick Lashutka, Linda Mauger, Margie Pizzuti, Matthew Rule and Bill Westbrook.
- August 27 Subcommittee Meeting, following a meeting of the Task Force of the Whole: Meeting Minutes
- A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued by the City in early September, with a deadline of September 23
- Subcommittee Meeting, 1 pm, Tuesday, October 1, Council Committee Room, 3600 Tremont Road: Agenda – review of RFQ submissions
- Subcommittee Meeting, 1 pm, Friday, October 4 – Cancelled
- Subcommittee Meeting, 3:30-7:30 pm, Wednesday, October 16, Lower Level Meeting Room, 3600 Tremont Road
- The Subcommittee is expected to make its recommendation to the Task Force of the Whole at its October 30 meeting.
- The Task Force’s recommendation will be presented to City Council at the November 4 Council Conference Session
- City Council is expected to vote on the proposed contract with the selected firm at its November 12 City Council Meeting
The following meeting schedule is being finalized, and is subject to change. Please check prior to attending a meeting to be sure it has not been cancelled or rescheduled. All meetings will begin at 7 pm and will be held in the Lower Level Meeting Room at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 unless stated otherwise. Meeting agendas and accompanying documents will be published here as they become available.
- Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30 pm
- Tuesday, August 27
- Wednesday, September 11 at 5:30 pm
- Wednesday, September 25 – Cancelled
- Wednesday, October 16 – Cancelled
- Wednesday, October 30
- Wednesday, November 13
- Tuesday, November 26
- Wednesday, December 11
To view documents associated with the Community Center Feasibility Task Force, search our Archives Portal – Special Projects, Commissions & Task Forces using the following Special Meeting Type:
- Community Center Feasibility Task Force
- Request for Qualifications for Third Party Consultant
- Overview of Public Records & Public Meeting Laws
- Summary of Community Center History
- July 18 Memo to Council – Study Group Leadership
- Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan 2018 (Revised 8-26-19 Page 44, Question 10)
- Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan Process
- Resolution 11-2019