Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting April 24th, 2023 at 4pm

Notice of Meeting and Agenda
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
Monday, April 24th, 2023 – 4:00 P.M.
Nacogdoches Recreation Center
1112 North St., Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Please Note: A quorum of the Nacogdoches City Council may attend the above stated board meeting.

  1. Call to Order.
  2. Consider approval of Minutes: February 13th, 2023.
  3. Discuss and consider potential locations for a new dog park.
  4. Discuss and make recommendations for replacement of the playground at Temple Spray Station.
  5. Discuss and consider a fee schedule for Maroney Pickleball Courts.
  6. Receive update on current construction projects.
  7. Discuss future goals and vision for Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
  8. Adjourn.
    The C.L. Simon Recreation Center is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Requests for
    accommodations or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting. Please contact the Director of Community
    Services, Brian W. Bray, at 936-559-2935 or Fax 936-564-1759 for further information.
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    Street, Nacogdoches, Texas on April 21st, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. and remained posted until the meeting was convened.

February 13, 2023 at 4:00 P.M. – In person Meeting
Members Present: Mark Sowell, Abby Echeverria, Dawn Stover, Christy Turner, Angela Williams, Rodney Ray
Members Absent: Charles Gregory, Charles Tutt, Lauren Tyler, Michael Montes
Others Present: Brian W. Bray, Tommy Stanley, Joy Palmer, Cecilia Sarmiento, Peter Fernandez

  1. Call to Order.
    The meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is called to order at 4:02 pm by Chairman Sowell.
  2. Consider approval of Minutes: January 9th, 2023.
    Motion to approve minutes from Ray, Turner seconded, all approved.
  3. Discuss and consider potential locations for skate park locations.
    Sowell suggested possibly partnering with SFA, but that would limit the location of the skate park because
    it would likely need to be on SFA campus. Ray suggests the south end of town. Suggestion for location to
    be southside of the city near the South Street bridge, a restroom is already near this location. Turner is
    interested in that location. There is an interest group forming for the skate park, Parks and Recreation
    Advisory Board members can join this group.
  4. Discuss and consider potential locations for wiffle ball field.
    Stanley asks how big the field is. Sowell asked if equipment could be rented from the recreation center.
    Palmer replies, yes, we could rent out equipment just like pickleball equipment. Consensus that current
    parks could be used as a wiffle ball field with just a few rentable items that would be easily placed. Sowell
    recommends marking Ritchie Street Park and Banita Creek Park and equipment be available for rent with
    the recreation center and promotion of the wiffle ball options.
  5. Discuss and consider potential locations for a new dog park.
    Ray recommends having a dog park at the south end of town. Stover inquires about the area south of the
    Demonstration Garden. Stanley mentions that the area might be a floodplain. The new dog park needs 2-3
    acres and the current dog park at Banita Creek Park is less than 1 acre. This location would only work if it
    is not in a floodplain. Stanley suggested Robert McCrimmon Park, the grassy area. This area is not 2-3
    acres. Stover suggested space at the sportsplex. Bray shows on a map the area behind the Expo Center.
    Stover suggests Ritchie Street Park. Stanley explains the issue with that location is there are no trees.
    Stover states 3 potential locations have been identified: Demonstration Garden, sportsplex and Ritchie
    Street Park. Fernandez emphasized that the issues to take into consideration are shade, away from children,
    the potential for it to be a dumping ground, and making sure animals are registered and have all of their
    shots. Stover requested to get a hydrology report for the Demonstration Garden and table the discussion for
    the next meeting.
  6. Discuss and consider walkway improvements at Lake Nacogdoches Park West.
    Bray explains the current walkway, the proposal to build a new more accessible walkway, erosion control
    and accessible route. Bray met with the Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities about this proposed
    new walkway. Bray reported the Mayor’s committee made a couple of requests. The plan calls for installing
    a new accessible walkway from the ADA pier to the swim area.
  7. Receive update on Capital Needs Advisory Committee (CNAC).
    Bray updates about CNAC touring the Recreation Center. This tour will provide information for CNAC to
    know what is offered and what the challenges are. The purpose of the committee is for long term city
    planning. This committee will be going on a park tour as well. The tours will offer insight for CNAC into
    the needs of the Parks and Recreation divisions. The committee members are listed on the city website and
    Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Members can reach out to CNAC members to provide information
    about Parks and Recreation needs if they desire to.
  8. Discuss future goals and vision for Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
    Sowell requests to change the meeting date to the third or fourth Monday of each month. Turner prefers the
    third Monday, but is fine with either day. No objections to day change. Palmer will send out a poll so
    members not at the meeting can weigh in on their preference.
  9. Adjourn.
    The meeting was adjourned at 4:48 pm by Stover.