Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, May 21, 2007

Recreation Commission asks for more City funding

Employee costs alone up $14,000+

In a 3/23/07 communication to City Council’s Finance and Audit Committee, the Norwood Recreation Commission made a plea for increased funding, noting that their $185,000 budget has remained flat since 2004 despite increased employee costs (minimum wage, PERS and Worker’s Comp. are up) and increased operating costs due to inflation. Additionally, they state the 1991 van used to transport children, supplies, and equipment needs to be replaced. No word yet on whether or not additional monies from the city are in the works.

Recreation programs/events:

1. Recreation Director Jenny Wallace is still working on getting more comments from community members in support of a Hamburger Helper grant for new playground equipment at Burwood Park. Awards are made at the end of every month. The grant application is good for 6 months, so it’s certainly not too late to put in a good word for the cause. As of today, 97 Norwood residents have logged their remarks, and you can add yours if you haven’t yet by clicking here.

2. Waterworks Pool opens Friday, June 1; Burwood and Victory Pools open Monday, June 4. Pool passes are now on sale at the Recreation office, and you can access the Recreation website here for contact information.

3. Summer Camp at Allison Elementary starts Monday, June 4. This is a fulltime camp funded by the 21st Century grant.

4. The big annual Summer Splash will be Thursday, August 2 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Waterworks Pool.