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.
At its July 8 meeting, City Council established a Community Center Study Group (subsequently changed to the Community Center Feasibility Task Force) to guide this process.
Members of the Community Center Feasibility Task Force are:
|Dianne Albrecht||Kelly Boggs-Lape||Friedl Bohm|
|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|
To facilitate advance planning for the work of the Task Force, Council President Kip Greenhill asked the two members that he would be nominating to serve as co-chairs to take the lead on advance preparations. The two nominees are Margie Pizzuti and Nick Lashutka. City Council is expected to vote on the President’s nominees at the August 19 Council Conference Session.
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. 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 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.
To view documents associated with the Community Center Feasibility Task Force, search our Archives Portal – Special Commissions & Task Forces using the following Special Meeting Type:
- Community Center Feasibility Task Force