April 14, 2004

Recreation issues at April Board meeting

The Recreation report at the April Town Board meeting combined the usual reporting and conversation with a slideshow of initial analysis of the survey (241KB PDF, unfortunately slightly crumpled).

Recreation Coordinator Jennifer Glaab began with the recreation report, noting that contra dancing turnout had varied from zero in Varna to 45 in Dryden and 25 in Freeville, with one remaining dance in Bethel Grove, which was going to have the extra benefit of George Wilson fiddling.

Jennifer Glaab gives the recreation report
Recreation Coordinator Jennifer Glaab gives the recreation report with Carlo Marino waiting to give his presentation and Town Clerk Bambi Hollenbeck recording minutes.

The Shanty Band concert on April 3, had only had 10 attendees, probably because it was the first day of spring break. The egg hunt was still to come. Glaab noted that in addition to the Pepsi Pitch Hit & Run on April 24th, the would also be a Sierra Mist Dribble Pass & Score soccer competition on May 22nd. 39 kids had registered for lacrosse and applications were still coming in. Kiwanis Baseball and Softball had 304 registrants, and will kick off with a coaches' meeting on April 15th. Archery was starting April 13th, and still had a few spaces open.

Ithaca College student and recreation intern Carlo Marino presented the first fruits of his analysis of the surveys. He provided information on overall popularity of class options, as well as breakdowns by age, interest in paying for equipment, maximum price, and preferred location. (That information is also available in a Excel 104KB file.)

Marino acknowledged that this only reflected part of the survey results, and was still working on analyzing the rest of the data. There were also questions about how the survey was conducted. Glaab replied that the survey had gone out in The Shopper in January and was still coming in, slowly. Councilman Stelick noted that they had also been at the Town Hall and community centers. (My crumpled copy comes from the Draft Comprehensive Plan informational meeting I attended in December.)

County Legislator Martha Robertson asked whether the responses pointing to the Village of Dryden as a preferred location reflected a disproportionate number of replies from the Village. Recreation Commission member Lisa Stelick said that it was "distributed widely... in community centers, fire halls." Glaab said that they could work on an analysis of the address information respondents (optionally) provided as well.

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