WARSAW — Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer attended the Warsaw Parks & Recreation board meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 16, to administer the oath of office to Larry Ladd.
“The time you give the city is immeasurable,” said Mayor Thallemer. “I’m very appreciative of your time and your willingness to serve on the board for another four years.”
Warsaw Parks & Recreation Supervisor Larry Plummer gave an update on the CivicRec parks and recreation management software, which includes tools for managing activities, facilities and payment transactions.
“We are in the process of doing the implementations,” said Plummer. “It’s a long process, but I think we’re moving along quickly with it. Our goal is to have this up and running sometime in March.”
Activities Director Sheila Wieringa presented board members with the 2018 proposed program event dates and fees. Wieringa requested permission to lower the price of the Creative Kid six week art class.
“In the changing of the structure of that program last year, we found that we are just not spending as much on supplies, so I’d like to lower the price to make that accessible to more kids,” said Wieringa.
One addition was made to the program event list, with a princess tea party being added for May 5. Board members approved both of these changes.
Wieringa announced that tickets for one of the Daddy’s Little Sweetheart dance events have sold out. Tickets for the Saturday night event, scheduled for Feb. 10, sold out as of Jan. 16. There were approximately eight tickets still available for the Friday night dance, scheduled for Feb. 9, as of the time of the meeting yesterday.
Maintenance Director Shaun Gardner gave a monthly update report, advising that the Christmas display lights at Central Park have all been taken down. Proceeds from Young Tiger Football concessions were just over $2,000, with Gardner reporting that Young Tiger Football donated the earnings for future light displays.
“We were happy to have them there and thankful for the donation,” said Gardner.
Plummer then advised board members that Center Lake in Warsaw has been chosen as the location for the fourth stop of the 2018 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour. This is the series’ first ever stop in Warsaw.
“We’re all excited about this,” Plummer said. “It’s a big event to bring to Warsaw.”
The Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour is the longest-running professional wakeboarding circuit in the country. Now in its 26th year, the series will visit some of the nation’s top water sports venues during its four-stop tour. The world’s top wake athletes will be competing in this tour, which will end after the stop in Warsaw where the overall champion will be crowned. The free event will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, at the 119 E. Canal St. location.
“This brings something to the community that we haven’t had,” said Plummer. “They only make four stops in the United States. Pending DNR approval, it’s going to happen at Center Lake.”
“They’ll start setting up that Wednesday, then we’ll have the family carnival Friday night and then the wakeboard series Saturday,” said Plummer. “It’ll be a busy weekend, but I think it’ll be great for the community.”
Plummer said he was informed that Center Lake was chosen due to the location and conditions.
“It’s the right location. It’s by a park, it’s beachfront and it’s guarded from the wind,” said Plummer. “They looked at the lakes in Indiana and loved Center Lake.”
- The next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20.