Troutman Parks and Recreation Committee moving ahead with volleyball project
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Troutman Parks and Recreation Committee members selected its leadership, amended its make up and voted to add two alternate members, received updates on various projects, and discussed upcoming events at its September meeting on Monday afternoon.
John Larew and John Snow were unanimously re-elected as chair and vice-chair of the committee for this year.
The committee also had to select an alternate from two excellent candidates. Stacy Hall, an experienced fundraiser and treasurer for the South Iredell High School Boosters Club for the past five years, and Melissa Jablonski, a former committee member and dedicated parks and event volunteer, both applied for the position.
The committee, seeing both candidates as excellent prospects with specific strengths, voted 6-0 to ask Town Council to amend its committee membership to have two alternates and then voted unanimously to select Hall as first alternate and Jablonski as second alternate.
VOLLEYBALL COURTS PROJECT
Committee member Jan Comer is moving forward with plans to get one or two volleyball courts built at ESC Park in the next few months. She has the sand donated for one court, and Abernathy Grading will donate digging and drainage for one and possibly two courts if Comer can get approval from Town Council and secure some park money and more donations to proceed with both.
The courts must be dug to three feet in depth and filled with 1.5 feet of gravel and 1.5 feet of sand, along with drainage. She hopes to get donations of additional sand and gravel or money to help purchase them. If not, she has several fundraising ideas to get the several thousand dollars needed to cover these costs.
Comer also hopes to get posts and nets donated from a local organization with whom she is already speaking.
She said that building two courts at once is more cost effective and will also allow the park to draw tournaments to the facility.
If interested in donating to this project, contact Comer at JComer@engsin.com.
PARTF GRANT RE-APPLICATION
Town Planner Erika Martin announced that ESC Park did not receive the hoped-for PARTF grant for which she applied. The grant favors beginning and final-phase parks more than mid-phase development, in which ESC Park is currently.
The town was encouraged to reapply because the addition of a full-time Parks and Recreation coordinator since this year’s application will boost the grant request’s scoring 7 points.
The grant committee also suggested holding new public input meetings to see what changes or modifications the community might to make at the park since it has grown significantly since the master plan was drawn.
BIKE-PED PLAN EVALUATION
Martin said three different bike/pedestrian plans had been created over the years, many of which misalign. Some of the sections have been completed with development, while others are not on the plans.
Martin described the alignment as disorganized “spaghetti,” prompting her to form a Bike-Ped Advisory Committee to study the existing plans and create one coherent design. The committee will consist of two Town Council members, two Planning and Zoning Board members, and three Parks and Recreation Committee members.
The committee voted to add members John Snow, Tamara LaBelle, and Tonya Bartlett to this advisory committee.
Martin announced that wayfinding signage to the park and other places of interest will be up in Troutman in 90 days. Mileage markers have also been recently installed on the Richardson Greenway.
She also said flags and signage will go up at crosswalks at the Old Murdock/Eastway Drive and Main Street/Old Mountain Road intersections of the greenway. Walkers have reported that cars are not stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks, so hopefully these new measures will increase pedestrian safety.
The new sunshade will be added to the ESC playground on October 2. The fans, grill, water foundation, memorial tree plaque, and event board will be put up at the pavilion in the coming weeks as mowing demands lessen on the Public Works Department.
UPCOMING PARKS AND RECREATION EVENTS
• Troutman Walking Company: Meets at the park pavilion every Monday at 6 p.m. and every Wednesday at 9 a.m.
• Scarecrow Building Workshop: Bring scarecrow clothes and they’ll provide the rest on Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m. at 3 p.m.
• Couch to 5K Program: Seven-week Saturday morning program starts on Saturday, October 14, at 8 a.m. at the Depot to train for the December 3 Jingle Run.
• Wicked Fast -- or Not -- 5K Costume Race: For all ability levels on Saturday, October 28, at 6 p.m. at the Depot.
• Trails and Treats: Safe trick or treating at ESC Park on Tuesday, October 31, from 4 to 6 p.m.