Meeting: Jasper Park Board

The Jasper Park Board met Tuesday and:

• Heard an update on the ongoing discussion regarding the city’s underutilized parks. About 100 people have replied to a SurveyMonkey survey since it launched earlier this month. Ken Buck, the park department director, said the department is examining the survey data and considering what should be done. Conversations will continue.

• Heard a pool report from Janessa Wagner. The swimming pool pulled in more money last month than in July 2018, and the same was the case for this month compared to August 2018. As a whole, the pool pulled in just shy of $10,000 more in 2019 than 2018, and about 1,000 more total swimmers used the facility this year. Wagner attributed the success, in part, to the pool’s growing concessions sales and an increase in pool parties during the 2019 season.

• Heard a presentation from members of the Dubois County Stone Carvers regarding a 5-foot monument the group would like to purchase and place in the Forest Grove Pioneer Cemetery. That once-forgotten cemetery is located on The Parklands of Jasper property, and the total cost of the $2,500 monument — which will display the names of those buried on the grounds — will be donated by a Jasper resident. The board approved the placement of the monument, pending a final approval of the location by an engineer. The Jasper Common Council will also need to approve the donation in the future.

• Heard a report from Kaci Wehr, the parks department’s community engagement coordinator. She said the fitness classes at the Older Americans Center were featured by the National Recreation and Park Association as a success story, and attendance at the center’s water aerobics classes has tripled since July 2018.

• Heard from Golf Director John Bertges that the month of July was a big one at Buffalo Trace Golf Course — bringing in $65,888.46, up almost $6,600 from July 2018. Ruxer Golf Course opened in early July and pulled in $8,601.81.

• Bertges also presented a list of ongoing and upcoming site projects at Buffalo Trace. A list of projects that will take place in 2020 will be presented at the board’s next meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at City Hall, 610 Main St.

• Heard that fall registration for junior golf classes has begun. A junior league for Dubois County students in fifth through eighth grade will begin Sept. 23 and will run for six weeks.

• Approved City Attorney Renee Kabrick to submit a permit application that would allow licensed city employees to sell alcohol on the Spirit of Jasper train.

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