A regular meeting of the Hopkins Park Board was held on November 21, 2011.
Jason Gadd, Chairperson called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m.
Present were Park Board members: Jason Gadd, Brian Furan, Bob Hatlestad and Colin Serle. Absent was Tom Jenny. Also present was Jenny Garvey, City of Minnetonka Recreation Services Aquatic Program Manager and City of Hopkins Park Board staff liaison Steve Stadler.
A motion was made by Colin Serle, seconded by Brian Furan to approve the October 24 minutes. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.
2011 Shady Oak Beach survey results & proposed 2012 rate increase
Jenny Garvey, Minnetonka Recreation Services summarized the results of the 2011 beach survey. Beach surveys are emailed to all season pass holders and there were 273 survey responses. Feedback was very good on all six questions regarding customer experience and customer service at the beach. On the question about rating the new play equipment, 84% of the responses rated it as good, above average or excellent. Negative feedback on the beach included disappointment over the loss of the water play area and the need for more shade in the grass knoll area. The City of Minnetonka is investigating option for installing or making available more shade structures for next year.
Jenny reported on the 2011 operations, revenues, expenses and the proposed new 2012 rates. Overall, the beach is estimated to finish with a net profit of $41,600 for the 2011 season. She mentioned that it is proposed to increase the daily admission rate from $5 to $6. She also explained the proposed increases on non-resident season passes: to increase the early purchase non-resident season pass rates from $24 (1-3 passes) and $12/additional pass to $26 and $13/additional pass and the late purchase season pass rate from $29 (1-3 passes) and $15/additional pass to $31 and $16/additional pass. Jenny explained that the increases are to allow recreation program contributions to other programs, including $10,000 to the Hopkins Depot Coffeehouse teen programs.
A question was asked about the cost for users of the Bryant Lake beach. It was stated that Three Rivers Park District doesn’t charge for this beach but that lifeguards are not provided.
The Park Board supported the new proposed rates but Bob Hatlestad felt that the current resident rates could be raised, as well, and the price would remain a very good value.Colin Serle made a motion to approve the rates as proposed, seconded by Bob Hatlestad. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.
Stadler presented the proposed new policy which outlines the classifications, maintenance responsibilities and programming purposes of the various athletic fields. Jason Gadd requested that the tobacco product use prohibition be added to the new policy. With the unknown status of Maetzold Field, field #3 as to whether it will be converted for little league use via the Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant, it was decided to take no action on this item.
The next regular Park Board Meeting is December 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm.
Bob Hatlestad made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Colin Serle. The motion passed with a 4 - 0 vote. The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.