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09.27.21 PRAB MinutesCITY OF BOULDER BOULDER, COLORADO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MEETING MINUTES To listen to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meetings in their entirety, please go to the following link: www.boulderparks-rec.org Name of Board/Commission: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Date of Meeting: September 27, 2021 Contact Information Preparing Summary: Charlotte O’Donnell, Phone: 303-413-7223 Board Members Present: Charles Brock, Elliott Hood, Mary Scott, Raj Seymour, Pamela Yugar, Tara Winer Board Members Absent: Jason Unger Staff Present: Bryan Beary, Tina Briggs, Stacy Cole, Tim Duda, Jeff Haley, Jackson Hite, Megann Lohman, Stephanie Munro, Charlotte O’Donnell, Chris Passarelli, Ali Rhodes Guests Present: Type of Meeting: Advisory/Regular Agenda Item 1: Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. A quorum was present for the conduct of business. Motion to approve minutes. Motion by Brock. Second by Scott. The motion passed 5-0. Elliot Hood abstained as he was absent from the August 23, 2021 meeting. Motion to approve agenda. Motion by Brock. Second by Scott. The motion passed 6-0. Agenda Item 2: Future Board Items and Tours Rhodes reviewed upcoming agenda items for PRAB. Agenda Item 3: Public Participation •Bev Nelson: Suggested stripping more tennis courts and other ways to allow for pickleball use outdoors. (See talking points provided to PRAB in Attachment A) •Ceal Barry: Suggested stripping more tennis courts and other ways to increase pickleball space outdoors. •Lou Ingalls: Suggested stripping more tennis courts and other ways to increase pickleball space outdoors. (See talking points provided to PRAB in Attachment B) •Barb Miller: Suggested stripping more tennis courts and other ways to allow for pickleball use outdoors. (See talking points provided to PRAB in Attachment C) •Marti Hopper: Suggested stripping more tennis courts and other ways to allow for pickleball use outdoors in the short-term and building more pickleball courts long-term. •Larry McKeough: Shared disappointment about the annual after-action Reservoir survey. He felt that overall aquatic usage was low this summer and spoke against the reduction in hours. He would like to see more public private partnerships to address the lifeguard shortage. •Mike Chiropolos: Suggested that BPR consider an exchange of land from the planning reserve elsewhere in the city (Area III land) for part of the recently annexed CU South property. The board had the following comments or questions: •Will court space be part of the October PRAB agenda? Does staff have any brief notes to share tonight? •What is the process for making sure each sport is considered and the changes that are made are prioritized fairly? •Suggested that staff look at creative ways to address emerging needs as part of the master plan. Agenda Item 4: Consent Agenda B.Development and Operations Update The Board had the following questions and/or comments: •Impressed by the high visitation at pools this summer. •Will vaccines be required for city staff? If not, why not? •Looks like programming is up from last year but the number of attendees is lower than last year. Is that correct? If so, is there an explanation of why there is a discrepancy? •The new features at Valmont are great and already seeing a lot of use. •Its great that BPR continues to focus on the Requity and financial aid programs. •The increase in Golf participation is terrific. •Congratulations to the staff members who responded to a medical emergency and saved a life. Agenda Item 5: Matters from the Department A.Reservoir Annual After-Action Review Process Overview This item was presented by Munro. The Board had the following questions and/or comments: •When there are issues that arise, does the city ever hire third party mediation to help? •Would it be possible to have a newspaper article about this questionnaire to get more respondents that are not part of special groups? •Request consideration of rate adjustments based on transportation mode as part of the discussion at the next PRAB meeting. B.Restaurants in Regional Parks This item was presented by Rhodes. The Board had the following questions and/or comments: •What are the three regional parks? •How does BPR and PRAB work with other departments on these planning efforts and 15- minute neighborhood planning? •Given concerns that this would apply to all parks, the specificity of focusing on the three regional parks is appreciated. •PRAB members offered support for this project. C.Historical Places Plan This item was presented by Haley. The Board had the following questions and/or comments: •Which of the historic sites need the most care or updating? Why is that? Agenda Item 6: Matters from the Board A.Information on CU South and Area III Haley provided a verbal reminder of previous information shared with PRAB. The board had the following comments/questions: •Is all of Area III going to be parks and recreation development? •Would the city pay for the development and maintenance of the public parks and recreation amenities at CU South? •To maintain the current Level of Service in terms of park acreage per resident, is the city short 200 or more acres, not including the Area III acreage? •Community members want to be involved in development and how uses will be decided. •Council discussed Area III in depth on February 25, 2020. Could that memo be forwarded to PRAB? B.PRAB Retreat Committee and Agenda Discussion •Pamela and Chuck volunteered to serve as the retreat committee. •Elliot Hood volunteered to be the PRAB liaison to the Master Plan Process, replacing Tara Winer in that post. C.PRAB Community Engagement Updates •Brock talked to North Boulder Park users to gather the following feedback: Slackliners like big trees in south end of the park, users of exercise equipment like the pull up bars, and would like a place to use TRX straps, families like the playground and want slides fixed, many users wanted more bathrooms. •Several PRAB members expressed support for adult playground equipment. •Winer went to a fundraising event at the Reservoir and thought it was an incredible event. •Seymour talked to several North Boulder Park users and received requests for removal of the pea gravel due to kids eating it. •What did BPR decide with regards to bird-safe windows for the new golf course building? •Hood talked to users at several different playgrounds in south Boulder. Users liked many of the features but suggested that the slide at Tantra park be replaced as it is too small and not steep enough. • Agenda Item 7: The next PRAB meeting will be held Monday, October 25, 6:00 p.m. virtually (via video conference). Agenda Item 8: Adjourn: There being no further business to come before PRAB at this time, Seymour adjourned the meeting at 7:57 p.m. 10/28/21 From:Bev Nelson To:PRAB Subject:NBRC pickleball courts Date:Monday, September 27, 2021 1:53:03 PM External Sender I am speaking tonight to encourage you to restripe three of the North Boulder Rec Center tennis courts for pickleball and add rolling nets to each new court. This creates dual purpose courts without reducing any usage away from the tennis players as the pickleball players roll the nets onto the court and the tennis players roll them off, depending on who’s scheduled. There is huge competition for the two existing pickleball courts which will get worse with less daylight and the closing of the local Impact private pickleball courts which has unleashed over 100 players competing for local courts. The data collected earlier this year shows 8 times as many pickleball players as tennis players, and the tennis courts are often empty while we play pickleball. Thanks for listening Attachment A: Speaking Points from Bev Nelson Speaking points by Lou Ingalls Intro •84 yr old mother in law introduced me to PB •First to organize outdoor PB games during pandemic •Participation in large as well as small groups of players History of requests: •Began asking for more outdoor courts last fall •Participated in QR code survey for 6 months •Verified strong interest and need for more facilities •Personal experience of rare tennis court usage Frustration: •Empty tennis courts right next to us on a regular basis •Pandemic concerns with indoor vs outdoor play Resistance? •Where is resistance to meeting community need? •Told it’s not expense •Told rec centers focus on multi use facilities •Why are tennis courts solo-use and prioritized? •Not interested in displacing tennis players – want to foster community •Good camaraderie among all court players •Disconnect between top priority stated as responsive to community when no response to report in June by PB liaison committee Please: •Add lines to current tennis courts at NRBC in October 2021 •Waiting is antithetical and counterproductive to community cohesiveness •Don’t fall further behind our surrounding communitites Thank you. Attachment B: Speaking Points from Lou Ingalls From:PRAB Admin Cc:Barb Miller Subject:FW: 9/27/21 Speaking Points Barb Miller Date:Monday, September 27, 2021 3:26:33 PM Attachments:image001.png Dear members of the PRAB, I am forwarding the below from community member Barb Miller. Her speaking points are also pasted below, instead of attached. She is copied on this email. Best, Charlotte O’Donnell Administrative Specialist III (pronouns: She/Her/Hers) What's This? odonnellc@bouldercolorado.gov Phone: 303-413-7223 -----Original Message----- From: Barb Miller bmiller6lake@gmail.com Sent: Monday, September 27, 2021 2:50 PM To: PRAB Admin PRABAdmin@bouldercolorado.gov Subject: 9/27/21 Speaking Points Barb Miller External Sender Dear PRAB members, Thanks in advance for allowing our group to speak at PRAB tonight. I thought you might appreciate my speaking points so they are attached here. Best, Barb Miller Speaking Points by Barb Miller Intro •Bringing it down to the personal level •Frustration of scheduling online reservations •This is what being part of the 88% means Pandemic - moving from the inside to the outside to play •Winter shoveling •Playing ALL winter long •60+ PB players at NBRC •Same skill levels play together (aka, “Would you ask this of tennis players?”) Attachment C: Speaking Points from Barb Miller “Why don’t you just play inside at NBRC drop-in?” • Reasons for playing & reserving outside • JUST LINES. JUST NETS.