Syracuse Parks and Recreation board held their monthly meeting at the community center Monday evening.
Tyler McLead, program director, addressed the board with the programs report, beginning with community center activities. Rock Solid continues to host Rock Solid Teen Center on Thursdays and pickle ball has returned to the gym due to the changing weather. The sixth season of the Artisans Market wrapped up Saturday with the Fall Harvest Festival.
McLead reported a schedule of upcoming community events. The fall carnival is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Syracuse Community Center with a variety of crafts and games for children; Haunted Thrill at Crosson Mill hours will be 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 23-25 and 31, located at Veterans Memorial Park at Crosson Mill; and the community indoor garage sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. In conclusion, McLead added there are still garage sale spaces available at $10 per space.
In other news, Dave Vanlue, board president, recognized the garden committee and gave them an opportunity to address the board. The committee presented concerns in regards to water drainage in the flower bed along North Long Drive. The garden committee requested permission to amend the issue at no cost to the board. They plan to raise the bed and make it more evenly shaped. The board asked if finances are in place to cover the cost. The garden committee explained they are looking at sources they had previously used. The board approved the garden committee’s request to work on the garden bed.
Superintendent Chad Jonsson provided the board with information about the community center usage and department projects. He reported the North Shore Drive trails project is “essentially” complete. He continued with information regarding the athletic complex. The equipment for the ice rink has been ordered and plans are in the works to begin installing the rink. The seasonal activities at the athletic complex ended Sunday with a girls softball tournament.
The fitness room is near completion. The superintendent stated, “We’ve seen quite a bit more use than before it was closed.” Jonsson reported he will be trained later in the week to be shown all the features of the new equipment has to offer.
Other news from the community center includes the lighthouse and hitching post. Jonsson informed the wall the donors lighthouse hangs on has been painted a sky blue, making the lighthouse stand out more against the background. The report by Jonsson ended with news the hitching posts have been installed and are ready for use for the “growing Amish community.”
Discussion of possible ideas for a pavilion at Lakeside Park were exchanged among the board members. Jonson advised he will begin looking at cost and designs.
The meeting ended with Jonsson announcing the terms of board members Mary Hursh and Jason Traycoff are scheduled to expire at the end of the year. If Hursh and Traycoff decide not to continue their positions on the board, replacements would need to be discussed soon.