WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
CENTENNIAL OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING


Date: April 11, 2011

Place:  Centennial Recreation Complex

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Attendance: Commissioners: Miller, Murdock, Wolff
Staff: Bowen, Bingham, Eppelheimer, Smith, Udany, Wilson
Visitors: see attached
  
Topics of Discussion:
1) Meeting Called to Order
2) Approval of Minutes
3) Recognition of Visitors
4) Managers Reports
5) Old Business
6) Adjourn

Discussions/Decisions:

1) The meeting was called to order at 6:25 p.m.

2) The Committee approved the minutes of the March 14, 2011 Committee meeting by General Consent
 
3) Under Recognition of Visitors, Kathy Dodd, Vanessa Vilgarg and Betsy Wiltshire addressed the committee representing the Wilmette Women’s Tennis Association (WWTA). The WWTA has two competitive leagues – the Park District’s Shoreline League and the North Shore Suburban Country Club League. This organization has utilized the Park District’s courts at the lakefront for several years. In order for the WWTA to remain in the Country Club League, the WWTA matches must be hosted at a facility with certain amenities that are satisfactory to the other the county club members. These amenities include nearby parking, flush toilets within a short walking distance and a facility where they can have lunch served to the Country Club members by the members of the WWTA.   

 Ms. Dodd explained that by the WWTA remaining in the country club league it permits over 100 Wilmette women who could not financially afford to join a country club to play competitive tennis on clay courts in a country club setting.  The WWTA requested some additional considerations by the Park District so that the country club members would be better accommodated while playing at the Wilmette lakefront.  

First, the WWTA uses three of the four courts at the lakefront. The Park District’s outdoor court rules do not allow the WWTA to reserve the fourth court so others cannot play while the country club leagues are playing.  Ms. Dodd explained that the noise coming from the other court during play can sometimes be annoying and disrupts the country club matches. She further explained that even the noise coming from the campers in the park can be troublesome.

Secondly, the Park District ordinance requires that non-residents purchase a Lakefront parking vehicle decal in order to park on the overlook area which is closest to the entrance on the tennis courts. Ms. Vilgarg stated that parking on the upper drive in the park is limited and may be too far of a walk from Michigan Avenue for the some country club players to walk. The WWTA is requesting that the ordinance be modified so that the non-resident country club players can park on the overlook without purchasing a non-resident parking vehicle decal.  Ms. Dodd stated the WWTA would be willing to purchase a daily parking pass for each country club league member who parks their car on the overlook. 

Thirdly, there is a need for more indoor courts so that if it rains the country club league can play inside. The Park District is not able to provide enough indoor reserved courts during the times the country club leagues would like to play since the Park District’s own junior programs and summer camps have grown and utilize the time blocks that the country club players would like to reserve in case of rain.

Lastly, Ms Dodd stated that since the Park District was in the process of developing a Mater Lakefront Plan, she would like to request that a flush toilet facility be built adjacent to the Tennis courts so the country club league members would not have to walk to the Lakeview Facility to use the wash rooms.

 Commissioner Miller stated he would work with staff to see if the Park District could accommodate some of the group’s requests. He further stated that it was recently proposed and then tabled by the Board of Commissioners that a new paddle tennis complex be built. The location next to the existing tennis courts at the Lakefront was identified as a possible location for this facility. He stated that if the facility were to be built adjacent to the lakefront tennis courts, the new facility would help to solve some of the WWTA challenges when trying to accommodate the needs of the country club leagues.

4) Under Managers Reports, Darrell Smith reported that the permanent court time lottery was held on April 4. The lottery draw was held on Friday, April 8 and staff has been notifying applicants of their draw number and selection time. The court selection will be held on Saturday, April 23. Classes just resumed from break and will continue through May 27. Summer class registration begins May 3 for residents followed by the non-resident sign-up the next day, May 4. 

Summer junior camp registration is going very well and is scheduled as four two-week sessions starting on Monday, June 13. Camp registrations and several sessions have sold out. The lesson program continues with over 900 students.

5) The Skokie Adult hockey league began playing at Centennial on Monday, April 4.  The Mid-Winter session is nearing the end of the 12-week session. Registration for the spring session began April 5 for residents and on April 12 for non-residents. Ice show program ad letters to local business owners were sent during the last week of February and all three outside and inside color cover spaces were sold in three days. Ice show rehearsals will begin the week of April 18.  Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning online at 7:00 a.m. that morning. 
 
6) Brain Udany reported Interviews for the pool are continuing and the final few positions for the summer are being filled. Facility clean up has started and as the weather improves; staff will be working on the decks, pools and equipment for opening day on May 28.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:07 p.m.

Minutes taken by Jeffrey Bowen.

MINUTES APPROVED ON MAY 9, 2011.