WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
PARKS AND RECREATION COMMITTEE MEETING

Date: March 18, 2013 

Location: Village Hall Council Chambers

Time: 6:30 p.m.
      
Attendance
Commissioners: Crowley, Shelly    
Staff: Wilson, Bingham, Bowen, Eppelheimer, Lambrecht, Groves, Heafey, Specht
Absent: President Brault   
Visitors: Park Board Candidates Abbott and Wolfe; 
           
Topics for Discussion:
1) Meeting Called to Order
2) Approval of Minutes
      a) February 18, 2013
3) Communications and Correspondence
      a) Emails
4) Managers Reports:
      a) Lakefront
      b) Recreation
5) Recognition of Visitors
7) Old Business:
      a) Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Location Options
      b) Elmwood Avenue Right-of-Way: Deferred to April
      c) Triathlon
      d) Paddle Tennis
6) New Business:
      a) Park Permit Requests
7) Adjournment

Discussion/Decisions Made:
1) The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm.

2) The minutes of the February 18, 2013 minutes were approved by general consent.

3) Under Communications and Correspondence, Superintendent Bingham indicated that in addition to correspondence included in the packet, there were also other sailing beach emails received from Roni Crystal, Roy Brechlin, Phil and Michelle Andrew, and Christy Coughlin.

 There was also an email from Steve Kaiser regarding the possibility of installing an artificial turf field at Howard Park. The Committee deferred review of the email to the April Committee meeting.

 Committee Chair Crowley stated that since the sailing beach is our main discussion topic for tonight, our Recreation Managers will first present their reports and would then be followed by the presentation of the sailing beach options and public comment.

4) Managers Reports:

      a) Recreation

 CRC Recreation Program Manager Carol Heafey reported that a new employee has been hired in the Fine Arts Department – Alison Dornheggen – and she began her employment on March 11 as our Artistic Director for our theater programs. She is a graduate of Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in acting and directing as well as master’s degree in Arts Management. Alison has already set the new fall schedule for the 2014 Wilmette Children’s Theater which includes The Wizard of Oz, 101 Dalmations, and Peter Pan. She also plans to send out a survey to participants in the North Shore Theater asking for feedback on what they would like to see from this group. Rehearsals for Annie are in full swing and performances will begin on April 12 and run for three weekends. On March 12 our Fine Arts Supervisor hosted a round table for the art department with three other park districts to come up with new ideas for adding classes. In the camp area, Carol reported she and Jeff Groves have been meeting to line up the orientations for both the camp directors meeting and the counselors’ orientation.

 This year a member of the Recreation Department of the University of Illinois will be conducting training for all of our summer recreation staff and will also present two other workshops. Camp Director training will now be expanded to two evenings and will include an interactive workshop and an imagination theater workshop related to how staff should communicate with other staff, parents and campers and also address bullying and teasing.

 Staff continues to be busy with new and returning counselor interviews utilizing our new Applitrack employment software program and there are currently 548 completed applications and 137 in-process applications for a total of 685 District-wide. Carol reported camp enrollment for the recreation department currently totals 1,697 compared to last year at this time when they were 1,382.

 Sports Supervisor Sara Hilby is currently preparing for the spring soccer season and the number of participants currently stands at 1,350 which is up nine participants from fall soccer. The start of the soccer season will consist of new manuals for both parents and coaches, an updated sports page on our web site, and an introduction of our new Rainout Line which is in interactive system for signing up for current information regarding rainout delays via all media methods.

 Carol reported she has thanked School District #39 for making sure that their gyms will be ready for our use this summer and we greatly appreciate their help. Sports Supervisor Jason Pilecki and Carol are in the process of setting up a Parent Board for the Wilmette Eagles and it is hoped to have that in place by April. Spring Break Week was held at the CRC from March 4 through 9 and a number of activities were held.

 Recreation of Facilities General Manager Jeff Groves reported that the gymnastics department is wrapping up their winter session which had an all-time high enrollment of 2,129 children in the gymnastics classes. In addition, staff estimates there were approximately 2,500 children in the gymnastics facility on the weekends. The non-resident registration takes place tomorrow, March 19, so staff will be working on wait lists for the upcoming spring session. There were also 10 girls who competed in a state meet this weekend at the Chicago Bears camp in Bourbonnais. Gymnastics Camp is doing well with 71 enrolled in Session I and 52 in Session II.

 In the fitness department, Camp Fusion currently has 45 children signed up for Session I and 33 in Session II compared to a total last year of 75 to 80 children in each session. Jeff reported he and Fitness Manager Julie Mantice along with Kathy Bingham are preparing to go out to bid for new fitness equipment. There is also a new running club in conjunction with the Runner’s Edge store to prepare runners for races and especially for our annual 4th of July Fun Run.

 A St. Patrick’s Day party was held at Mallinckrodt last Friday with a total of 45-50 active adults and Manager Ruthie Brew and her staff did an excellent job. Also, after 22 years of service, our CRC Administrative Assistant Jacque Crane will be retiring at the end of July and she will be greatly missed.

      b) Lakefront

 Holly Specht reported that on February 28 staff met at the Glencoe Park District for a Lakefront Round Table session with other lakefront communities from Chicago to Lake Forest with 18 people in attendance. Discussion took place on lifeguards, sailing, staffing and buoys, etc., along with a strong emphasis on safety for our staff and patrons. On March 8, Holly and Kathy Bingham met at the Wilmette water plant to discuss water testing for 2013. The District will once again be conducting qPCR testing and also the quantitative 24-hour test.

 The Lakeview Center had nine rentals in March compared to five in March of 2012. Holly reported the seasonal hiring process continues and the sailing lottery was held March 2. There are currently 170 out of 179 catamarans on the beach and our monohulls are filled with a total of 286 and 70 out of 80 paddle boards are already reserved. The number of Aquatics Camp participants looks great.

5) Old Business – Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Locations:

Superintendent Kathy Bingham stated the Committee and staff have come up with four options and these were included in the meeting packet and discussed at great length.

Option 1: The first option is to have an expanded sailing beach in between the swimming and sailing beaches. In general there are advantages and disadvantages with all of these options since there was no perfect solution. This option includes the addition of an area where temporary fencing would be installed between the regular beach and what would then become the SUP area. This would result in the volleyball court being relocated. This was felt to be the best location  since it would provide the space we need and it also moves these boats closer to the swim beach which is what a lot of our users wanted. This option also frees up the area on the north end which has become more congested. By moving and relocating it, we will also be able to add 50 more SUP crafts which will provide us with an opportunity to expand compared to 30 last year for a total of 80. Swimming would then only be allowed south of the line indicated in yellow on the diagram KB: The yellow line indicates where the public swimming beach starts and swimming would only be allowed south of that line, not on the sailing beach.

Option 2: The location of Langdon Park, as previously discussed, is at this point not a viable option since there might be changes made relative to the Lakefront Master Plan.

Option 3: This option is to install temporary fencing by the current fence to create a SUP beach area on the overlook portion of the lakefront. This area is appealing since there is minimal boat traffic and the novice paddlers would be provided an opportunity to learn the skill of using a paddle board with less interference. However, we would have to hire additional staff to be in this area and determine the different options available in terms of policy.

Option 4: This option was one that was brought up after discussion at the last Parks & Recreation meeting. At that time, staff indicated we already have an existing fence there so we could move it north of the fence and then we would only have to put up one small section of additional fencing. However, it would not be a swimming beach but would be located on the other side. The fourth option also affects where our summer camps are located but after discussion it was felt the campers could easily shift north.

6) Recognition of Visitors:

 Jim Mather, 1734 Forest Avenue, stated he could not tell from the picture if the new location of the SUP Rack is within the fenced area.

 Superintendent Bingham replied that the fence in the picture is the current fence that ends at the sailing beach so we would be extending this fence down to the waterfront.

 Mr. Mather went on to state that the SUPs promote swimming which is a big difference from the other areas being considered since the other types of watercraft do not create a favorable environment for swimming. As a result, he believes that locating the SUPs on one side or the other of the swimming beach makes the most sense, although in terms of safety he would be concerned if it was placed on the south end of the sailing beach. He is also not sure if he would like a new fence since we would still make use of the sailing beach entrance whether there was entrance or not.  He also thinks the north option is the best one.

 John Braband, 3502 Meadow Lane, Glenview stated that he and his siblings have six boats on the sailing beach and for the past 40 years they have all been very appreciative of the sailing beach. They have also had their fair share of harrowing experiences in the open waters of the lake which keeps them coming back. However, the most dangerous area is the 700 feet of shoreline reserved for launching off of the sailing beach especially on the weekends when everyone is competing for a few remaining spots on the beach to safely land their boat and sailing etiquette is “thrown to the wind” which includes those boaters who use their vessels as diving platforms and ignore the no-swimming area. There is also the prevailing winds issue and it isn’t long before a sailor reaches the point of no return. He recommends separating the paddle boards from the sailboats to the greatest extent possible which would provide a safe solution and allow paddle board usage to be less congested and easer to maneuver. It is imperative this change takes place before the start of the sailing season. They strongly recommend moving the paddle boards as far away from the sailing beach as possible.

 Jimmy Lipsey, 1624 Walnut Avenue stated if you moved the stand up paddle boards to the other side of the beach, it does seem like a small space. His family also has a kayak so it seems inconvenient to have to go to both sides of the swimming beach to access the boat. If there were separate landing zones for kayaks and SUPs and smaller boats that would also be nice and would help to prevent accidents so he is leaning toward the first option.

 Kristin Lipsey, 1624 Walnut Avenue asked if a final decision had been made as to where the racks will be located and would it be a benefit to move the racks closer to the where the existing line is now and if swimming could be allowed. Superintendent Bingham replied the current rules on the sailing beach will not change and there will still be no swimming allowed on the sailing beach area.

 Bob Ten Eick, 1607 Lake Avenue, stated he has been a sailor for many years and uses a windsurfer and a Hobie cat. He added that no one has talked about the real safety issue which is the paddle boards in the water and that if they were banned from the sailing beach and moved to the north end of the sailing beach then we would not have to worry about which boards have been racked and which beach they are supposed to be on. It is a safety issue when the boards are in the water and people are not acting appropriately or responsibly. Commissioner Shelly asked if there should be clear defined lanes in the water and Mr. Ten Eick replied yes and added that the water is the problem, not the beach and the wind dictates the buffer zone. Commissioner Shelly added she envisions a lane for the SUPs in this area possibly 50 yards out.

 Norm Hansen, 2200 Greenwood Avenue, stated he is a sailor and that people need to understand that when sailboats are coming in to shore they need to choose a tack based on wind direction and if the SUPs are in the way you will be cutting them too close so to have other devices in the water is not a good situation. Kayaks can go about 5 mph and they have high visibility with bright colors. SUP’s are white and people are sitting on a board with a one-foot chop and sometimes you are unable to see a child’s head in the water. For him moving the paddleboards to the south end of the beach is the clear choice and we should move them as far away as possible. In general, SUP users are made up of children.

 Marisa Ten Eick, 1607 Lake Avenue, stated that the sailors on the Hobies are coming in fast which usually means there is a strong wind. The two sports are not compatible since when paddle boarders go out they prefer to have little or no wind. As a result, they will most likely not be out in crowded or rough water situations. She also thinks there should be a small alley for the boards on the north side so that they can immediately turn and go north. Once the paddle boarder has gone out, they can then start heading south. In regard to the racks, it would be nice to have two of them at both ends of the beach since she knows many people who will also continue to use their SUP boards. It would also be nice if there were two options.

 Marilyn Urrutia, 901 Greenleaf Avenue, stated this is her family’s ninth year in Wilmette and for the past eight summers she has not missed one day at the beach and she spends every single summer at the sailing beach. It is unrealistic for paddle boards to be so far away from the sailing beach since that is how people use the lakefront and how the parents and children spend their time together. It is a good idea to separate the launching areas in different areas and keep the alleys separate which seems to be the most realistic option which is Option 1). From what she observed last summer, the people who have catamarans are worried about hitting small children which is a valid point. However, typically the children who are in the water come from the swimming beach to visit friends at the sailing beach and it is not typically those children who have the SUPs. The sailing beach staff has tried their best to stop those children from swimming. And although the sailing staff tries their best to stop children from swimming there, it seems that they need more authority and be able to “kick out and keep out” those children.

 Ruth Borushak, 2245 Kenilworth Avenue, stated she has a kayak and an SUP and when they use the beach they want their children to be able to go back and forth. Maybe something to consider would be to put more lifeguards and staff on the beach to monitor those people who are swimming. With all due respect to the sailors, they have the run of the beach and maybe it is time to recognize there are other people who want to use the beach. Also, a lifeguard would be good for watching the children and paddle boarders in general.

 Tom Lindberg, 714 Ashland, stated he owns both a catamaran and a SUP. Lakefront Manager Holly Specht stated there are currently 11 people who have a paddle boards as well as another vessel on the beach. Mr. Lindberg stated that safety is the number one issue and that when coming into shore and there are strong winds, there really is no control and those are the days he is not out on the lake. However, we need to accommodate both groups and we also need to think about safety and the rules should be enforced. He thinks another issue is that every summer 50% of the people are not sailing beach people  and do not have passes or boats and their children swim in the lake. Eventually someone will get hurt. He also doesn’t see a lot of sailing beach staff and there should be more to enforce the rules.

 Mr. Lindberg added that as an SUP user they should stay along the shoreline parallel to the beach but it is a very narrow corridor and when going further out Lake Michigan becomes very wavy. Holly Specht stated that the corridor is great for SUPs but not for Hobie Cats. Mr. Lindberg suggested as an option to keep the SUPs at the north end and still move the sailing beach line to the south. Also, move the catamarans further south and still have a narrow corridor that turns and goes north so their landing zone is going out 100-200 feet and then they go to the north end of the beach as close as possible.

 Roni Crystal, 250 Vista Court, stated he is a passionate sailor at the beach and has five quick points to make. The first three points are the same – safety, safety and safety – and if there is an accident it would be on the Park District’s head. He stated that the front of the sailing beach should be a SUP no-zone for a certain amount of feet so that no one paddles or swims along the shore. He personally supports the SUP which is part of the recreational community of the lakefront and the use of them is growing rapidly. Whenever there are two different communities that could collide, such as kiteboarding and windsurfers did in the past, they should stay in their own zones. There is a reason for that separation and the Park District should do that earlier rather than later. He also thinks the south end of the swimming beach is the right place for the SUP’s .

 Mr. Crystal’s other concern is that if you put the paddle boards at the south end of the sailing beach people will just park their boards and go the north end to party and it is already overcrowded. This problem mainly occurs on the weekends on the north end when we have double the amount of boaters.

 Commissioner Shelly asked if Mr. Crystal thought it would help if there was better signage and better enforcement of the lanes on the north side. In the past it has not been clear on where they should go or not go and maybe that could be solved with additional signage. Mr. Crystal agreed with that statement. Commissioner Shelly also asked how Mr. Crystal would feel about having his boats in different places on certain days and Mr. Crystal replied he would be fine with that.
 
 Seth Martin, 1000 Michigan Avenue, stated he was an immediate neighbor to the north of the sailing beach. He and his wife were raised in Wilmette and they love the community and the beachfront is terrific although it is a delicate balance and he sympathizes with what everyone is saying. He believes a solution should be tried and he feels Option 1 would be the best option in an imperfect world. The only thing that is missing is where the line should be drawn in terms of locating the channel for the SUPs. Being next to the swimming beach seems to be the ideal scenario because then you could patrol the beach from a life safety standpoint. But he also thinks this area we’re talking about is not large enough. There were 30 racks last year and now we’re going to have 80 which might create some issues since those people may want to remain by their boards. As a result, he encourages the District to take more of the real estate along the beach to relieve some of what occurs at the north end of the beach which drives Hobie Cat owners crazy. What really happens is that everyone launches off near his home and his daughter was even hit by a board on one of those very windy days.

 His next point is enforcement and he believes a lot of issues could be alleviated if there were one or two fixed staff positions on the beach who would always be down there instead of hanging out at the shack with their friends. It would help everyone to communicate the rules and help everyone to get along. When he purchased his home, he commissioned a survey which indicated the fence was 11 feet on his property. He thinks the District has to be careful in creating an environment that people will enjoy. He has been a sailor all his life and knows that they come in fast from the water through no fault of their own. Providing people with more room and wider spaces would be the best solution and also suggests that taking the SUP racks and adding them to the south end of the swimming beach.

 Committee Chair Crowley stated that all of Mr. Martin’s points and those of the other people who have spoken tonight are issues we need to know about and that need to be addressed such as security, enforcement, and safety which is #1. We also hear what the public is saying and the current options can be “tweaked”.

 Bob Remmert, 1213 Sheridan Road, stated he is a windsurfer and has been down at the sailing beach since the late 1980’s. He also agrees with the safety factor and thinks the SUP boards being in front of the sailing beach is a hazard at least as far as being close in to 50-75 yards. If we do have different weather conditions there will be calm days when there is not much sailing. But if we come up with some kind of enforcement procedure for those SUP boarders and ask them to stay away from the front of the beach perhaps we could have a flag or something that would indicate a very calm day or a windy day. Also, maybe we would be able on the windier days to restrict the SUP boarders from being able to be on the sailing beach.

 Shane Edmundsun, 602 15th Street, stated that we need a solution which is complementary and makes everyone want to use the beachfront together, not separately. He also stated that anyone who owns a paddle board, boat, or windsurfer would want to keep them all together and would pay to have access to the water. Whether the paddle board launch is on the north or south side, you could say there is paddle boarding no further than 100 yards from the sailing beach. He has also heard arguments and heated debates on the beach at different points in the summer and the biggest issue is the enforcement of the rules which needs to be more consistent. As long as everyone understands what the defined rules are, he believes it would be good solution that will work for everyone.

 Michelle Andrew, 901 Central Avenue stated she wanted to reiterate the idea of two lanes. However, as stated earlier, she thinks people like to go to both the north and south beaches so she is not sure about Option #1 although it is a great place to start only if the north side is chosen which would be unrealistic since people are going to want to “hug the shore” and if you only have one lane the same problems will occur.

 Committee Chair Crowley stated that the Committee wanted to come up with a way to fix it so that there would be a launching place and a “return-home” place. Once you get past the swimming beach buoy at 150 feet out, you could then turn and go south or north. What we are trying to work out is that those boards would not be in the landing zone of the Hobie Cats on the north side. Some of the changes will be cultural in nature for those people who are on the beach and they will need to use good judgment. Hopefully everyone will work together to enforce the rules and he believes we can make the changes work.

 Bob Ten Eick, 1607 Lake Avenue  stated someone else at this meeting had stated that at the dog beach everyone polices themselves and if someone doesn’t pick up after their dogs, somebody usually asks them to do so and will even provide bags for them to use. In general we should allow people to reinforce the rules on each other. Parents should be the ones to keep their children out of the water and when he has mentioned that, some parents angrily tell him that he can’t talk to their children like that. Everyone agrees there are safety concerns at the beach and we should enforce the rules on each other and ourselves. Commissioner Crowley agreed and stated that during the summer the District would be addressing the enforcement issue as far as personnel is concerned so that when you say to somebody they are not being safe and that the children need to be out of the water, then there will be a staff presence there to confirm the rules and hopefully avoid any confrontations with other patrons.

 Lincoln Lerner stated that in the past he had suffered a terrible injury at the lakefront near the sailing beach. If paddle boarders were allowed at sailing he believes Option 1 would not work since it would be too far away as you go south. Enforcement over the years has been okay but before that enforcement was “Draconian” and it worked. The problem with enforcement is that there isn’t a way for anyone to get the children out of the water since it’s not as simple as just “dragging the kids out”. He is sure that when another injury occurs to a child, people will say the patrol staff on some days is just not very good. He doesn’t think Option 1 would work because of the lane which is there and it would create more traffic. He believes that in Option 1 patrons will have to go south and Option 4 probably has more space but he doesn’t know if the swimming beach was moved further if staff could still have the same control over it. The main issue is that people swim where they are not supposed to.

 Roni Crystal, 250 Vista Court, stated that to a certain extent paddle board users can be divided into two groups. One group would be the adults and wherever you put them they will be fine and it would work. The other group would consist of the small children who are not able to go very far out so they would hug the shore instead. In addition, if you put the children where the parents are on the beach, you would obviously have to be 50 feet away from shore and because it is a small area the parents won’t have any place to move since they would be unable to go to the sailing or swimming beaches because of this narrow space. As a result, he thinks the District should seriously consider the south end for that reason.

 Jimmy Lipsey, 1624 Walnut Avenue, stated if you angled the lanes where people could move their boats you could keep the paddle boards where they currently are and then use the space that people use to turn left since the boats don’t like to go there because of the sand bar. There is also a landing zone just for them so that they are not all the way down the beach which is where the sailors come in. The other options would only provide a small amount of space which means we could run the risk of being hit although it would not be the sailors’ fault. In summary, he would like the paddle boarders to be on the north side of the shore.

 Shlomo from Wilmette stated no one has ever succeeded in running lanes in the water and that proposition would be impossible to do especially with our winds and currents and with numerous novice boaters. Most of these novices are children so if we could promote a campaign we should be able to at least have enough beach where we could move slightly to the south and allocate ample space for the paddle boarders. He believes 50-60 feet could be easily managed and it could end up being a great business. He also doesn’t see how we could have lanes in the water so he is favor of Option 2.

 Dave Raith stated they spent a lot of money to buy their vessel and car stickers, etc., and he is thinking that if Option 1 was chosen, the best plan would be to put them on the south side of the swimming beach. He also thinks that the SUP people probably wouldn’t like that. That area could be a “pie shape” and maybe make it a bit wider in order to make it more attractive in that area. Also, maybe it’s the children who seem to be the unknown factor and we could make it like a “kiddie pool” with buoys and rope since the children tend to jump on the kayaks. The children also only go out 15 feet into the water and although adults know to stay out of the way, it is the children who are splashing around within 20 yards of the shore.

 Christy Coughlin, 917 Greenleaf, stated she was an avid paddle boarder and the best time for her to paddle was early in the morning and on a really hot day when there is no wind, the water is still and no one else is out. She feels that she could coexist with the sailors as long as people knew what the rules were and that the children are a big problem. As a result, she proposes that a safety class for children be established to help them learn all of the rules. They could then also wear a patch on their life preservers but if they don’t follow the rules, then they can’t go into the water. The paddle board is not a floatation device and that’s how people get into trouble. She gets nervous when she sees children struggling to get back to shore so if they want to participate at the beach they would need to wear a patch indicating they did participate in a class. If we teach children how to be safe in the lake and how to properly use it we could avoid a lot of the things that happened in the past. The children would also have to know how to swim in the lake and she thinks it would be a great idea for our community and our children. Commissioner Crowley added that the District could offer a safety class and parents could then choose whether they want their children to participate or not.

 After some additional comments, the public comment session was closed.

6) Old Business

 Committee Chair Crowley stated that the Committee would next make a decision on implementation of a lakefront option for the upcoming summer. He added there are four or five options to review but they have eliminated Langdon Park from the mix since so many people have indicated they would prefer not having to walk all the way down to
 
 Langdon. Safety is always #1 at the District but we have to remember it will most likely not be a 100% cure since it is a very busy beach with a lot of people wanting to do a lot of different activities. Everyone will need to get along and we are just trying to provide some structure on how the lakefront would be positioned and zoned as well as increased enforcement of the rules. He also thinks the idea of classes for children and parents who want some education on how to paddle safely and efficiently is a good one. Our patrons should also not worry about the exact size of the different spaces at this point since those could be revised later. Whatever is decided tonight will be a positive step forward and he hopes that everyone else sees it in that way as well.

 Commissioner Shelly stated she is in favor of Option 1 but also thinks we need to consider expanding it quite a bit since the popularity of the sailing beach has grown tremendously over the last few years. Wilmette does have a large beach and when looking at the entire Gillson swimming beach it runs a long way south and is not utilized very much. As a result, she suggests that we allow more room for the sailors and then maybe everyone will spread out a little more. She would also recommend that there be a large enough area for the sailors. She likes the idea of two different groups of paddle boarders and that there should be an area for the children that is wide enough along the beach. Also, there could be one or two children on the board and hugging the shore but it is the parent’s responsibility to watch their children. The entire sailing beach in general needs to be much better regulated with guards or staff since there are so many people swimming in the sailing beach all the time and the rules need to be enforced by people who are confident and authoritative. She also thinks that there might be some problems within the SUP area so she would like to consider having a guard located there and allow some swimming in that area. When there are children in the children’s space, they seem to move in and out of the water so she recommends that a guard be placed out there. We could also look at expanding the south end with a lifeguard who enforces the no-swimming rule. She has received several emails asking to change the name of the sailing beach to the watercraft beach. The sailors also need to be responsible when children are around. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the beach safe and to keep the SUP area attractive.

 Commissioner Crowley agreed that Option #1 was his first choice and stated we should expand that option. However, he will first be asking staff to help out with those details such as enforcement, how large of a space there would be, and what would happen to our other amenities like volleyball, etc. After those items have been established, then staff can return to the Committee and implement them.

 Commissioner Shelly moved and Commissioner Crowley seconded a motion to accept Option #1 as amended with an expansion on the south end to a substantially larger area with an emphasis on enforcing all of the rules.

 By a voice vote, voting Yes – 2; Voting No – 0; Absent – 1. Motion carried.

 The Parks & Recreation Committee Meeting was adjourned for a short recess at 8:42 pm and the meeting was reconvened at 8:52 pm.

 Committee Chair Crowley stated that the Elmwood Avenue Right-of-Way agenda item  would be deferred to the April 15, 2013 Parks & Recreation Committee meeting. 
 
 Director Wilson stated that Park Board Candidate Bryan Abbott indicated he had some questions relative to the triathlon event but he also seemed to be in favor of the concept. Director Wilson indicated he would be replying to Mr. Abbott via email. After some additional discussion, the Committee approved the use of Gillson Park for a triathlon to be held on Sunday, September 15.

 Under New Business, two park permit requests from the Winnetka Covenant Church and from the Rose Hall group were reviewed. After discussion, the permit requests were approved.

There being no further discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm.

Minutes taken by Bill Lambrecht.

MINUTES APPROVED ON APRIL 15, 2013.