SYRACUSE — Syracuse Park Board had its first meeting of the year Monday evening, Jan. 8. It was Pat Brown’s final meeting where he addressed final changes and comments about the parks department’s plans forward.
Changes made to the preventative maintenance plan made it more simple to follow. Brown commented the parks department and park board now have all the tools they need to work on projects and continue planning. He added 2018 could be used as a jumping ground to get ahead for future projects’ fundraising and they should begin approaching various places for grant and donation opportunities.
Board members complimented on the plan and how well it is laid out. Brown concluded by stating once he works with a parks department, his door is always open if they have any questions or need any input.
The tree planting guide has been completed by the tree board. Copies have been sent to town hall and Syracuse Public Library for anyone who wishes to view it. Those interested in having their own copy of the guide are welcome to request one from the community center. Superintendent Chad Jonsson said the guide contains a summary of all tree work completed since 2000, when the first tree board was founded. Board members commented on how nice and well put together the guide is.
Judo and pickleball continue as regularly scheduled. The ice rink at the Harold Schrock Athletic Complex is open with skate rentals at $10 per pair at the community center. The adult basketball league begins Jan. 14, and will continue weekly until March 25.
Free movie night will show “Captain Underpants” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19.
Registration opens Jan. 10 for the Cabin Fever Indoor Garage Sale at $10 per space. Spaces are limited and go quickly. Tables will be available for $5. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3.
Knights of Columbus will host a bingo fundraiser on behalf of the parks department at 7 p.m. Feb. 3, at the community center. It’s $25 to play. Be sure to mention the parks department sent you.
Kiwanis Soup Supper will be 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26, at $6 per person.
While the snowmobile races at Lakeside Park will start at 11 a.m. Jan. 27, there will be other various activities happening such as the radar run at 10 a.m. The Winter Warm-Up 5K, hosted by the Syracuse-Wawasee Trail Committee, will meet at the old elementary school where registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and the run starts at 8 a.m.
The next park board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 12, at the community center.