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Approved Minutes - 5/17/2004City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Advisory Board 5tudy Session Minutes May 17, 2004 Iris Center Conference Room 3198 Broadway 6 p.m. Board Present: Susan Osborne, Cha~r; Pam Hoge, Vice Chair, Suzanne O'Neill, Stu Stuller, Ed von Ble~chert, Tom Sanford, and Tom Blackburn Staff Present: 7an Geden, Jeff Lakey, Doug Hawthorne, Georgia Jackson, Jamie Sabbach, Julya Bridgewater and Cate Bradley Carol Adams, Studio 2 Design Kathleen McCormick, Fountainhead Communications Members of the Parks and Recreahon Advisory Board and the departmenYs management team held a study session on May 17, 2004 Co identify the "b~g ideas" which should drive the Master Plan Followmg is a summary of the discussion I. Review and revise agenda Carol Adams reviewed the meeting agenda with Board members II. Discussion of trends analysis • Rich vs. poor How do we serve both populat~ons~ Focus on this - this sector has grown so much Non-English speaking population - how to reach~ Current structure noC really set up as ideal for outreach Future action rtem - survey or other outreach for Spamsh speakmg populaYion Survey m Spanish~ May be part of a larger city outreach Parks as a wol for bu~ldmg community - the "common ground" Soccer seems to be popular wiCh Lalino populations (handball) Soccer programmmg at some locations? Sponsorships? How do we handle the "entree" mto a new sport~ Can we address all levels? • Should recreation help to make other connections (i e education) Expandmg recrearion to mclude art and music7 • Servmg active seniors pretty well • How to serve adolescent population and at-risk kids? Encourage/provide sports options, especially non-competitive for older kids YMCA doesn't fill the gap • Sponsorship can feel condescendmg to some • Some scholarships are available - at a low level • Explore scholarship fundmg • Bu~lding self-esteem is a critical component of all Parks and Recreation programs • Have we ever reached out directly to high school students? We aren't very well connected to th~s group. • The trend toward technology/video games, etc. Kids need easy access to parks to facilrtate outdoor/group play • Unstructured activiYies are important More variety of places to go • Informal neighborhood parks events Leverage neighborhood associations where possible III. Discussion of strategic issues • Outline seemed to over-emphas~ze the "budget crisis" - don't make this a major theme of the Master Plan Don't make tier 1 a"poar me" Are we pricmg people out of programs~ Forge more strategic alliances to leverage more money How to expand citizen involvement/volunteerism~ Promote a culture for easy participation, psychic rewards, etc Come up wrth the kernel of idea or focus to rally people around to contribute money and/or time • Promote "fnends of parks and recreation" • Foundation more focused now • Find ways to engage the communrty • Parks at cultmg edge for environmenlal sustamabiliYy Demonstralion areas - utilize volunteers • Get the word out on existing environmental programs, changes Use this as an opportunrty to teach people • Broaden our defmition of "park" and develop tiers of development • More commumty gardens • Test best practices turf management in a few places (reduce/eliminaCe chemicals) • Is th~s the nght t~me far CAPRA~ What is the gam~ • Employee morale very important but not a Master Plan strategic issue Although staff turnover/retirement is an issue • Mamtaming flexibility is key as thmgs change IV. What would you identify as the top three to five "big ideas" or major themes which should become the foundation of the plan? • Env~ronmental paradigm - susCainability, water deliverability, drought issues, water conservation • Building an array of partnerships at all levels • The 3-tiered approach makes sense Positive approach to funding limitations Be positive • Cultural drversity/outreach Keep your finger on the pulse Equitable access Is there a targeCed needs assessment7 PRAB Meetmg Mmutes OS/17/2004 - P1ge 2 Populations that we missed? • AcYiviries at all levels Include at risk youth Unstructured opportunities, too • Beauty, design, care of our parks is paramount, especially with mcreased density Place-makine - providmg the common ground for neighborhoods Parks are much more than ~ust `parks' Sensitivity and context m park design (BreviCy in the MasCer Plan - noC really a"big idea" - but was suggested by a Board member) V. Discussion and Board comments on the proposed new Park Services Guidelines • Can this mcorporate the notion of different levels of development? • Less interesCed in how to say NO and more interested in ways to be creative Defimtely tied to fundmg issues Parks endowments~ Gifts to parks~ Successful parks can be modest • Flexibihty is key - abihty to assess on a case-by-case basis • Examples of small parks - provide this in Master Plan~ • Have a vo~ce m plannmg far the future Retention of special places - l~ke Long's Garde~s - be pro-active Other tools - estate planning, purchase of development rights, easements Is there a short-list of firture opportumties~ Next Stens Staff will work on CranslaCmg the "big ideas" into Che Master Plan document Board members and staff will have a discussion m July about policies, erther at a study sess~on or the regular monthly meeting The meetmg ad~ourned at 8.40 p.m. APPROVED BY PARKS AND ADVISORY BOARD~ Susan Osboi Board Cha~r Attest •A eorgia Jackson Recordmg Secretary PRAB Meetmg Mmutes OS/17/2004 - Page 3