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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||Yanitza Brongers-Marrero|
|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|
Early in the process, the Task Force determined their work 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 was formed to review resulting RFQ submissions and to make a recommendation on the preferred firm. The subcommittee selected the team of Williams Architects, with subconsultants OHM Advisors and PROS Consulting. The Task Force of the Whole agreed with the selection and unanimously voted to recommend to City Council that the City contract with Williams. City Council approved the recommendation on November 25. See the Selection Subcommittee section below for more information.
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
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
Members of the Community Engagement Subcommittee are Dianne Albrecht, Kelly Boggs-Lape, Supen Bowe (Chair), Merry Hamilton and Linda Moulakis.
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
Members of the Facilities & Partnerships Subcommittee are Yanitza Brongers-Marrero, Greg Comfort (Chair), Wendy Gomez, Chuck Manofsky and Bill Westbrook.
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
Members of the Finance Subcommittee are Linda Mauger, Brian Perera, Matt Rule (Chair) and Todd Walter.
The Task Force 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 was charged with reviewing and making a recommendation back to the Task Force of the Whole on the preferred consultant. This subcommittee was comprised of Greg Comfort, Nick Lashutka, Linda Mauger, Margie Pizzuti, Matthew Rule and Bill Westbrook.
- November 25 City Council Meeting – City Council voted to award the contract to Williams Architects
- November 18 Council Conference Session – Task Force representatives presented its recommendation to City Council
- November 13 Task Force of the Whole – Task Force voted to recommend Williams Architects to City Council
- November 13 – Agenda
- November 12 – Agenda, Minutes
- October 30 Task Force of the Whole Meeting – Meeting included subcommittee update on selection process
- October 16 – Agenda, Minutes
- October 1 – Agenda, Minutes
- A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued by the City in early September, with a deadline of September 23
- August 27 – Minutes
Please check prior to attending a meeting to be sure it has not been cancelled or rescheduled. Meetings begin at 7 pm and are held in the Lower Level Meeting Room at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road unless stated otherwise. Meeting agendas and accompanying documents are published here as they become available.
2020 MEETING SCHEDULE
- Wednesday, January 8 – Agenda, January 8 Meeting Documents, OHM PowerPoint Presentation
- Wednesday, February 19
- Wednesday, April 8
- Wednesday, May 6
- Wednesday, June 3
- Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30 pm – Agenda, December 17 Meeting Documents
- Tuesday, November 26 – Agenda, November 26 Meeting Documents
- Monday, November 25 City Council Meeting at 7:30 pm – City Council approved contract with Williams Architects
- Monday, November 18 Council Conference Session at 7:30 pm – Task Force presented recommended Williams Architects as consultant firm to Council
- Wednesday, November 13 at 7 pm – Agenda, November 13 Meeting Documents
- Wednesday, October 30 – Agenda, October 30 Meeting Documents
- Wednesday, September 11 – Agenda, September 11 Meeting Documents
- Tuesday, August 27 – Agenda, August 27 Meeting Documents
- Tuesday, August 13 – Agenda, August 13 Meeting Documents
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
- Williams Proposal
- 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