WARSAW — At the Warsaw Parks and Recreation Board meeting Tuesday, March 20, Warsaw Parks Superintendent Larry Plummer informed board members that the Tony Elliott memorial marker will be installed at Funk Park next month.
According to Plummer, Donald C. Davidson, historian of the Indianapolis 500, will be the guest speaker at the Warsaw Rotary Club on April 27. Following a ceremony that will take place at the Shrine Building that day, the memorial marker will be taken to Funk Park, 605 N Lake St., and installed.
“I’m just happy to see it going up,” said Plummer. “It’s long overdue.”
The parks and recreation department went live with the new CivicRec system on the back side of the system March 9. The parks and recreation management software includes tools for managing activities, facilities and payment transactions.
“The goal is to go public with the system Friday, March 23,” said Plummer.
On the administrative side, the new system will track revenue and facility rentals as well as provide a secure reservation system. In relation to recreation, it will enable park staff to create databases and memberships, do surveys and track waivers.
“This will provide us with a lot of tools,” said Plummer. “We think it’s a good addition for the park system, and it will enhance the public’s experience so we’re excited about it.”
Jan Orban from Warsaw Community Tennis Association attended the meeting to request approval to continue the six week summer tennis program. The annual tennis program is a collaboration between Warsaw Parks Department, Warsaw Tennis Association and Warsaw Community Schools.
The tennis association provides the instruction, Warsaw Community High School provides the courts and the parks department provides additional funding to offset the cost to run the clinic. First time participants receive a tennis racket, and all participants are given a T-shirt. Orban said summer attendance remained steady last year.
“It’s been a longstanding thing,” said Plummer. Board members approved the 2018 summer tennis program agreement.
Warsaw Parks Department Maintenance Director Shaun Gardner gave a monthly report. Gardner advised that maintenance staff are in full spring cleaning mode, including removing the old fence at the fireman’s building, located at 1013 E. Arthur St., repair work at Mantis Skate Park, located on Little League Drive and shoreline cleaning along Pike Lake.
Seasonal employment opportunities are available through the Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department. Currently there are openings for lifeguards, summer park laborers, summer recreation leaders and summer skate park recreation leaders. Detailed information about these positions can be found on the park website.
- The next regular meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.