Monday's Emporia Recreation Commission meeting saw the opening of discussion for some new ideas, and the review of this summer's programs.
The board discussed a potential master plan for the TRYSA Soccer Complex, as well as the Flint Hills Optimists baseball diamonds at Peter Pan Park. Director Tom McEvoy says a task force has been created to explore the legal agreements and answer some questions about the property, before any money is spent on a master plan. The ten-field complex, at 4201 W. 18th Avenue, is managed by the Rec Commission but is owned by private individuals. McEvoy says the discussion about TRYSA, as well as the ball diamonds at Peter Pan, will continue.
McEvoy also gave an update on attendance for the year at Jones Aquatic Center, which was up sharply from last year. Over 21,000 people visited the Aquatic Center this year; last year's number was just over 18,000. Cashier revenue was up to over $55,000, over last year's $41,000. Concession revenue for the year was also up, at $23,363. McEvoy says he doesn't know how that happened.
In other busines, the board discussed the auctioning off of the pool tables in the game room. With the renovation of the fitness room and exercise studio coming soon, the game room will be eliminated, therefore the pool tables will be auctioned off to new owners on Sep. 29.
The board also announced the retirement of longtime employee John Brown. McEvoy said the 93-year old Brown has stated he felt he was "getting paid too much for what he was doing," so Brown will retire and volunteer his time at the Lee Beran Rec Center. Brown's last paid day will be Aug. 29, and he has worked at the Rec Center for nearly 30 years.