The Warsaw Park Board finally finished up its 2013 Year In Review, and the report was examined at the February Park Board meeting last night.
“It was a busy year for us,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Larry Plummer. Among the projects his department completed last year was the Krebs Trailhead Park at the corner of Market Street and South McKinley Street in Warsaw, construction of an ADA-accessible restroom and sidewalk at Beyer Park, replacement of Dyna Cushion mats on playgrounds and re-roofing the Center Lake Pavilion, not too mention the impressive Christmas light display at Central Park.
“We saw over 100 percent increase for our central park concert series from 2012,” said recreation director Staci Young. “It was a really good season for that.”
In total, Warsaw Parks and Recreation brought in $251,429.62. Income for 2013 was approximately $50,000 less than 2012.
Young said there was strong participation and interest in recreation division’s programs. There were two weather-related cancellations, however, which hurt revenue a little bit, but it was still a good year, she added.
There was strong attendance in the aquatics programs and the Mantis Skate Park is still a popular destination for extreme sports enthusiasts. “I think we’ll have another good season in 2014,” said Young.
The park board also approved the proposed fees for 2014. “Most things stayed the same,” said Young.
The fly fishing workshop got a $5 increase. The Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Dance will now cost $15 per person, rather than $25 per couple and $5 for each additional child. A new Build-a-Bear program will be unveiled for 2014, which will cost $8.
Also during the meeting, Tonya Douglass from Kosciusko Community YMCA asked the board’s permission to use Lucerne Park for Camp Little Eagle day camp this summer. The request was approved, and the camp is expected to begin in June.
Plummer announced that a Department of Natural Resources lease has been permitted for an ADA-accessible ramp at Pike Lake. Application for funding has begun, and the ramp is expected to be installed by 2015.
The park board is currently looking for ideas for a public space development on Buffalo Street. Anyone with an idea of how to use this space should direct that to a member of the Warsaw Park Board.