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City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department

2018 Annual Report

Touch A Truck at Winslow Sports Complex, June 2018


Photography by Garrett J Poortinga | Green Hat Media 2018

Message from the Mayor

2018 was a banner year for the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department! During our city’s Bicentennial year, we committed to expanding trails, greenways and our tree canopy, broke ground on a spectacular new park that will open in November 2019, and celebrated our city’s 200th anniversary with a series of inaugural, community-building events—from a street fair on Kirkwood to a Bike-centennial on the B-Line to downtown Fireworks on the Fourth. And in September our celebration culminated by attaining the highest distinction in the land—the 2018 National Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, awarded by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Bloomington took top national honors in our category, among communities with a population between 75,000 and 150,000. It’s the second time Bloomington has been so recognized: Parks earned its first gold medal in 2007. I could not be prouder of our parks staff for the hard work that this honor represents. Every ball field, every swimming lesson, every concert in the park, and every Saturday Farmers’ Market—and so much more—contributed to this distinction. From the facilities we build and maintain, to the programming we produce for community members of all ages, to the landscaping that enhances our everyday experience, our Parks department plays an immeasurable role in making Bloomington, Bloomington. And all of it happens only because our community members embrace and use our facilities and programs so enthusiastically!

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton speaks at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Switchyard Park, May 11, 2018.

2019 is already off to a thrilling start. The year began with Bicentennial bonds being sold—including to many community members—that will add seven miles to our City’s network of trails and greenways. Thanks for investing in Bloomington’s future! Improvements will include transforming Seventh Street into a shared street with a protected bike lane—a sort of east-west B-Line Trail—and increasing trail connections around Griffy Lake and in Cascades Park and westward, from Switchyard Park through RCA Park to Wapehani Mountain Bike Park. The bonds will also allow us to replenish our tree canopy, a big priority for us as an official Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA since 1984. As I write, exciting developments are happening at Switchyard Park, where we broke ground less than one year ago. The outdoor stage and the splash pad are coming along. The stone fireplace has been installed in the picnic shelter. The skate park is almost complete. And in property the City secured adjacent to the park, South Central Indiana Housing Opportunity will be breaking ground this month on Switchyard Apartments, two 8-unit apartment buildings with long-term affordability for low-income families, including three units specifically designed for individuals with disabilities. Because as great of a draw as Switchyard Park will be for visitors around the region, we want to ensure this park enhances the quality of life for everyone in Bloomington, from all walks of life. With spring, we look forward to many opportunities across our beautiful city to connect with one another. I’m grateful that our City’s Parks and Recreation Department makes that so easy. Whether you’re shopping at the Farmers’ Market, enjoying a Sunday night concert in Bryan Park, or rooting for your favorite team at Twin Lakes, please thank our hardworking Parks staff for their big role in making the moment happen.

John Hamilton, Mayor City of Bloomington


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essage from the Director

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for more than $52 million in City assets. Our Department manages 2,342 acres of property including 32 parks, 27 playgrounds, a golf course, ice arena, two pools, three community centers, three natural resources properties, 13 ballfields, 22 tennis courts, 19 basketball courts and just over 30 miles of trails. The Department is proud to be one of 168 accredited (2006, 2011, 2016) agencies in the country. The accreditation standards are used as a management tool throughout the year for planning, operations, finances, community involvement, and evaluation. Gold Medal Award The National Recreation and Park Association annual conference was the site for the Department’s 2018 National Gold Medal Award for Class III– population of 75,000-150,000. Through a comprehensive application process and video submission, the Department was judged on community impact including initiatives centered on NRPA’s “three pillars” of focus: Health and Wellness, Social Equity and Conservation. The Department had previously won the National Gold Medal Award in 2007. The Gold Medal application video can be viewed online at bloomington.in.gov/parks.

Parks and Recreation Department Director Paula McDevitt

Switchyard Park The groundbreaking ceremony for Switchyard Park was celebrated May 11, 2018. A community gathering reflected on the past, present and future of the site. The rest of 2018 was spent mobilizing the site through excavation, soil removal and remediation, and first stages of several facilities taking shape. The accessible, 57 acres will feature active play court areas, spacious event lawns, a performance stage, a dog park, a splash pad, a community garden with raised beds, an event pavilion, skateboard park, police substation, playground, and picnic shelter. Switchyard Park has been planned to include something for everyone! Park Bond Projects The Department continued to address the 2016-2020 Master Plan goal to maintain and provide safe existing parks, trails, and facilities through the $6.9 million general obligation park bond funding. This funding is addressing capital improvement needs across the Department. Park bond project sites include Frank Southern Ice Arena, Winslow Sports Complex, Bryan Park, Lower Cascades Park, and Twin Lakes Recreation Center. Construction of a new clubhouse at Cascades Golf Course Clubhouse began in 2018, along with installation of Zoysia turf on the Ridge Course. Bicentennial Park Bond Projects The city celebrated 2018, its Bicentennial year, with a tree sale, Street Fair, Veterans Day 5K, the sale of commemmorative items, a history walk down the B-Line Trail, and two New Year’s Eve celebrations. The year ended with the approval and sale of Park District Bonds to fund the development of trails, tree planting, the creation of a Seventh Street greenway, downtown alley enhancementsm, and enhanced city gateways. The investment in the Bicentennial Bond projects is an investment in future generations of Bloomington citizens. The Mayor, Board of Park Commissioners, Bloomington Parks Foundation and staff appreciate community’s support and interest in our projects, programs and facilities. We look forward to another year of celebratory ribbon cuttings as we create memories and invest in your quality of life.

Paula McDevitt Director

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City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation

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articipation

Participation is defined as the number of people times the number of visits/activity to a specific program or service. The numbers below do not include any estimate of the number of visits to City parks or trails.

Community Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340,240 Adult Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86,829 Aquatics . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 48,218 Frank Southern Ice Arena. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44,972 Youth Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36,425 Golf Services. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 32,363 Banneker Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28,775 Natural Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19,678

Twin Lakes Recreation Center . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 18,650 Youth Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,490 Health & Wellness . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3,241 Inclusive Recreation . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 296 2018 Total Participations . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 667,345

Program Participation Percentage by Program Area

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Community Events 50.9%

Adult Sports 12.9%

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Aquatics 7.2%

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Frank Southern Ice Arena 6.7%

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Youth Sports 5.4%

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Golf Services 4.8%

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The remainder of programs account for less than 3% each of total program participation.

Banneker Community Center 4.3%

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City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation

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for the year ended December 31, 2018 2018 Revenue

Tax Proceeds & Miscellaneous Subtotal—Tax & Miscellaneous Revenue

2018 Expenditures

$6,296,466 $6,296,466

Administration $35,706 $754,519 Adult Sports $208,574 $434,350 Aquatics—Bryan Park Pool $254,013 $243,646 Aquatics—Mills Pool $34,496 $115,329 Aquatics—Health and Safety $3,732 $5,953 Banneker Community Center $43,600 $324,216 Community Events $100,472 $442,131 Community Events–Farmers’ Market $114,450 $128,665 Community Relations $3,789 $394,317 Frank Southern Ice Arena $332,396 $450,781 Golf Services $724,786 $1,052,760 Health & Wellness $2,651 $105,813 Inclusive Recreation-See Youth Programs $- $Landscaping/Cemeteries/Urban Forestry $53,316 $893,656 Natural Resources $68,318 $436,460 Operations $105,441 $1,697,206 Project School Lease/TLRC Reserve $88,125 $10,000 Twin Lakes Recreation Center $663,865 $1,377,549 Youth Programs $232,716 $363,333 Youth Sports $39,007 $303,580 TOTAL Program Revenue/Expenses $9,405,919 $9,534,264 Grants $139,411 $139,411 Capital Related/Capital Expenditures $250,314 TOTAL Revenue/Expenses $9,545,330 $9,923,989

*unaudited financial data

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Operations & Development

The Operations Division is responsible for maintenance, security, sanitation, capital improvements, planning, construction, and development of all City parks and natural areas, facilities, trails, and greenways. It is also responsible for beautification of parks and public areas, including landscaping, the administration and maintenance of Rose Hill and White Oak Cemeteries, and urban forestry. This Division is responsible for the establishment, management, and enhancement of City–owned natural resources properties including Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, Wapehani Mountain Bike Park and Leonard Springs Nature Park. Natural resources staff offer outdoor recreational, educational, and volunteer opportunities. •  Poured concrete pad and installed new shade sail, picnic table and benches

Operations 2018 Program Activity

at Ferguson Dog Park.

•  Installed drinking fountain at Park Ridge Park. •  Painted exterior of Operations office at Rose Hill Cemetery; replaced porch steps and railings, installed new gutters, downspouts, and soffits.

•  Installed EWF (Engineered Wood Fiber) playground safety surfacing

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at the following parks: The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park; Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park; Park Ridge East Park; Southeast Park; Park Ridge Park; Building Trades Park; RCA Community Park; Bryan Park; and Cascades Park. Installed Greenfields Outdoor 13-peson Cross Fitness Station at Winslow Sports Complex. Removed existing play equipment at Bryan Park’s Woodlawn playground, and installed new Arch Swing and Log Hops; also poured new concrete curbing and sidewalk. Removed existing banners and brackets on light poles along B-Line Trail and replaced with 33 new banners and brackets. Demolished existing security fence at Adams Street Operations Center; constructed new replacement fence. Co-hosted IU Health Day of Service at Banneker Community Center with 73 volunteers; removed non-native plants and planted native perennials; constructed Octaball pit and benches in back yard; planted two new trees.

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emeteries

•  Installed 35 native roses and 15 native shrubs at Rose Hill. •  Hosted three headstone restoration workshops in coordination with

Shelter Rentals Bryan Park–Henderson 83 Bryan Park–North 71 Bryan Park–Woodlawn 60 Building Trades 22 Sycamore–Lower Cascades 83 Waterfall–Lower Cascades 69 Young Pavilion–Olcott 51 Lions Den–Upper Cascades 67 RCA Community Park -Small Shelter 15 RCA Community Park - Group Shelter 39 Winslow Woods 39 Total 2018 Rentals 599

Program Revenue General Fund $1,365 Non-Reverting$104,076 Total 2018 Revenue $150,441 Program Expenses General Fund $1,612,174 Non-Reverting$85,032 Total 2018 Expenses $1,697,206

the Monroe County History Center; repaired 39 headstones.

•  Installed new kiosk and brochure rack near entrance to Rose Hill Cemetery.

•  Re-set, leveld and re-sealed 34 headstones and three pens at Rose Hill.

•  Removed invasive Asian bush honeysuckle and ailanthus from Rose Hill and White Oak.

•  Hosted Dearly Departed Cemetery Tours for a total of 86 • 

participants. Also hosted a Cemetery Picnic fro 31 participants and Rose Hill Ghost Tours for 47 participants. Completed native pollinator garden installation at Rose Hill Cemetery office.

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Rotary Club tree planting ceremony in Switchyard Park, May 2018


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rban Forestry

•  Planted 406 trees in public areas (76 in city parks and 330 along city streets). •  Removed 476 hazardous trees from city parks and streets. Urban forestry crews also removed 2,805 trees from Switchyard Park in preparation for park construction.

•  Treated 221 city-owned ash trees (62 in city parks and 159 along city streets) for protection against the emerald ash borer.

•  Urban Forester Lee Huss and Urban Forestry Laborers Kevin Prince and Haskell Smith attended the Indiana Arborist Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis.

•  Urban Forester Lee Huss and Urban Forestry Laborer Kevin Prince attended the the International Society of Arboriculture annual conference in Columbus, Ohio.

•  Conducted an Arbor Day tree planting in conjunction with a tree-themed concert in Bryan Park June 2. Three tulip trees were planted to commemmorate Arbor Day.

•  Sold 190 potted Bicentennial tulip trees in recognition of the city’s Bicentennial; conducted Arbor Day poster contest, and printed and sold the winning poster design.

•  Planted three memorial trees in Bryan Park, and reserved space for a memorial tree in Switchyard Park. •  Received grant to plant tulip trees at every Monroe County Community School Corporation school; planted trees at Fairview Elementary, Binford Elementary, and Summit Elementary.

•  Hosted volunteer tree plantings with an Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs classof 28, and the Bloomington Rotary Club with 22 club members

•  Bloomington was named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 34th consecutive year

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andscaping

•  Contracted with Eco Logic to remove 9.5 acres of Asian bush honeysuckle and purple wintercreeper from Bloomington Rail Trail.

•  Installed more than 6,000 native plants and shrubs; sowed 13.6 acres with native seed; planted more than 3,000 native tree saplings.

•  Transplanted 700+ daylilies and hostas from private garden to create the Kristin Ann Clifton Huerta Memorial Garden at Bryan Park Pool.

•  Hosted pilot program with Centerstone to create employment opportunities for adults recoving from addiction; employed two to four laborers three days per week during the summer season.

•  Removed 206 acres of Japanese stiltgrass from Griffy Lake Nature Preserve •  Hosted 16 different volunteer work days to remove invasive plants from city park properties.

Urban Forestry/Landscaping/Cemeteries 2018 Program Activity

Rose Hill Cemetery Lot Sales (cremation ground lots) 5 Mausoleum niche sales 0 Interments12 Inurnments15 Disinterments0 Plot Surveys 6 White Oak Cemetery Lot Sales 17 Interments7 Inurnments0 Disinterments0

Program Revenue General Fund $35,863 Non-Reverting$17,454 Total 2018 Revenue $53,316 Program Expenses General Fund $887,956 Non-Reverting$5,700 Total 2018 Expenses $893,656

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atural Resources

•  Leonard Springs Nature Day—Provided 806 Monroe County Community School Corporation sixth-grade students with an experiential environmental science program during the program’s seventh year.

•  Griffy Lake Nature Day—The ninth year for this environmental science program included 815 MCCSC fourth-grade •  •  •  •  •  •  • 

students. Bloomington Bikes Month events attracted 400 participants. Assisted with removal of Weimer Lake dam at Wapehani Mountain Bike Park, and planted 417 native tree seedlings. Bugfest, a collaborative event with the Monroe County Parks and Recreation Department, attracted 1,355 participants Sustaining Nature and Your Land (SNAYL) Day, a collaborative event with Monroe County-Identify and Reduce Invasive Species, attracted 350 participants Provided hands-on environmental education programming four days per week, for an average of 20 participants per day, during the summer Banneker Camp. Received $32,500 grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to hire a Community Hunting Access Program Coordinator in 2018 and 2019. Accepted donation of 20 acres of land adjacent to Griffy Lake Nature Preserve from Dr. Julia Heiman.

Adopt-A Programs Adopt-A-Stream 8 volunteers contributed 136.5 hours Adopt-A-Trail 6 volunteers contributed 65 hours

Natural Resources 2018 Program Activity Griffy Lake Annual Boat Launch Permits 108 Boat Rentals 5,6,24 10-Rental Pass/Misc. Rentals 46 Rental Hours 6,982 Daily Launch Permits 790 Afterschool Nature Days 86 Banneker Nature Days 640 Environmental Resources Ad Council 36 Great Outdoors 261 Griffy Lake Nature Day 1,630 Group Visits 237 Leonard Springs Nature Day 1,719 Naturalist at the Market 1,384 Roving Naturalist 135 Volunteers0 Total 2018 Participations 19,678

Students measure a tree’s diameter at Leonard Springs Nature Day, October 2018..

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Program Revenue General Fund $0 Non-Reverting$68,318 Total 2018 Revenue $68,318 Program Expenses General Fund $369,344 Non-Reverting$67,116 Total 2018 Expenses $436,460


Sports

The Sports Division is responsible for providing formal and informal sports programs and services for the adults and youth of our community. These activities are provided at Department facilities such as Cascades Golf Course, Frank Southern Ice Arena, Twin Lakes Sports Park, Winslow Sports Complex, and a variety of other Department-owned and operated facilities. In addition, facilities are utilized in a cooperative agreement with Monroe County Community School Corporation.

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quatics

The Aquatics program plans, coordinates, and facilitates recreational swimming, formal lessons, private rentals, special group use, and advanced aquatic and personal safety training for the Bloomington community and its visitors.

Aquatics 2018 Program Activity Bryan Park Pool Admissions32,459 Aqua Fit 8 Passes973 Pool Rental Attendance 2,975 Swim Lessons 375 Mills Pool Admissions10,602 Passes168 Pool Rental Attendance 590 Swim Lessons 30 Health & Safety First Aid/CPR/AED 23 Lifeguarding15 Water Safety Instructor 0 Total 2018 Participations

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dult Sports

Adult Sports plans, coordinates, and facilitates adult sports for the Bloomington community at Twin Lakes Sports Park and local tennis courts.

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Bryan Park Pool Program Revenue General Fund $171,305 Non-Reverting$82,707 Total 2018 Revenue $254,013 Program Expenses General Fund $182,725 Non-Reverting$60,922 Total 2018 Expenses $243,646 Mills Pool Program Revenue General Fund $30,265 Non-Reverting$4,231 Total 2018 Revenue $34,496 Program Expenses General Fund $101,063 Non-Reverting$14,266 Total 2018 Expenses $115,329

Adult Sports 2018 Program Activity

Softball46,364 Softball Tournaments 29,372 Rentals10,853 Tennis Lessons 240 Total 2018 Participations 86,829

Program Revenue General Fund $57,603 Non-Reverting$150,971 Total 2018 Revenue $208,574 Program Expenses General Fund $272,567 Non-Reverting$161,782 Total 2018 Expenses $434,350

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Youth Sports plans, coordinates, and facilitates operations for Winslow Sports Complex, Rev. Butler Park, Frank Southern Ice Arena, and Bryan Park ball diamonds. These facilities host Bloomington Junior League Baseball, Monroe County Senior League Baseball, and MCCSC baseball and softball events.

outh Sports

•  Successfully hosted the

USA Softball Girls Class A 16-Under Fastpitch Northern National Tournament, with 41 teams competing.

Youth Sports 2018 Program Activity Youth Sports Bloomington Youth Basketball 6,250 BJLBA Youth Baseball 19,737 Bloomington HS North Sports 0 Bloomington HS South Sports 0 Cutters Soccer-Olcott Park 98 Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball 0 Jackson Creek MS Sports 1,998 Monroe Co. Sr. League Baseball 1,262 Rentals (Winslow & Olcott) 2,989 Tennis1,206 Youth Softball Tournament 2,885 Total 2018 Participations

Program Revenue General Fund $28,507 Non-Reverting$10,500 Total 2018 Revenue $39,007 Program Expenses General Fund $293,957 Non-Reverting$9,622 Total 2018 Expenses $303,580

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rank Southern Ice Arena Frank Southern Ice Arena 2018 Program Activity

Frank Southern Ice Arena provides recreational and organized ice skating to ice enthusiasts from Bloomington and surrounding communities.

Adult Hockey League Blades Hockey Bloomington Figure Skating Club Hockey Initiation Ice Show IU Figure Skating IU Hockey IU Learn to Skate The Skating School Private Rentals Public Skating Admissions Special Events-Lunar Skating, etc. Youth Hockey Total 2018 Participations

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1,232 2,964 1,481 580 435 538 2,631 578 7,227 2,341 13,123 3,458 8,384 44,972

Program Revenue General Fund $214,260 Non-Reverting$118,136 Total 2018 Revenue $332,396 Program Expenses General Fund $354,519 Non-Reverting$96,262 Total 2018 Expenses $450,781


Twin Lakes Recreation Center

•  Renovated the men’s and women’s locker rooms on the upper •  • 

level to better serve Twin Lakes Recreation Center members and day users. Installed shock-absorbent flooring on the upper level for safety and noise reduction in the weight machine and free weight area. Installed solar panels on the roof of the facility capable of producing 827,236 kWh of electricity annually.

The Twin Lakes Recreation Center, a 100,000 ft2 indoor sports, recreation, and fitness facility, was purchased by the department in 2009. Amenities include five basketball courts, a turf field, a fitness area with strength equipment and free weights, a cardio studio, a mirrored exercise studio, 1/5-mile indoor track, and meeting rooms. The department offers programs, through the TLRC and other facilities, that help make Bloomington a healthy, active community.

Twin Lakes Recreation Center 2018 Program Activity TLRC Programs Adult Activities 0 Bloomington Soccer 18,650 Member visits 113,366 Tournaments0 Bloomington Youth Basketball 50,871 Total 2018 Participations 182,887

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Program Revenue General Fund $0 Non-Reverting$663,865 Total 2018 Revenue $571,305 Program Expenses General Fund $283,707 Non-Reverting$1,093,841 Total 2018 Expenses $1,377,549

ascades Golf Course

Golf Services 2018 Program Activity Rounds Played Adult Season Pass Family Season Pass Senior Season Pass Youth Season Pass Student Season Pass Range Ball Buckets Junior Golf  First Tee of Bloomington Total 2018 Participations

19,769 58 8 124 18 16 12,205 9 156 32,363

Program Revenue General Fund $577,582 Non-Reverting$147,204 Total 2018 Revenue $724,786 Program Expenses General Fund $959,712 Non-Reverting$93,048 Total 2018 Expenses $1,052,760

Cascades Golf Course has the objective of maximizing public play with a balance of leagues, tournaments, youth programs, and golf outings. Youth programs include the First Tee of Bloomington and the PGA Junior League.

•  Contracted with Kentucky Fairways to replace 37,000 square yards of fairway on the Ridge Course with Meyer Zoysia grass. •  Began design of a new LEED Silver Certified Clubhouse, with plans for construction in 2018. 2018 Bloomington Parks and Recreation Annual Report 9


Recreation

The Recreation Division is responsible for programs, events, and services specially designed for preschoolers, youth, teens, adults, senior adults, and participants with varying degrees of ability. These activities are held at Department facilities such as the Allison-Jukebox Community Center, Banneker Community Center, and Showers Common. A number of programs are facilitated through partnership agreements with other community organizations.

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Youth Programs is responsible for programs and services designed for youth. These activities take place at the Allison-Jukebox Community Center and satellite sites. Youth Programs also includes the Inclusive Recreation area. The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is committed to an inclusive approach to recreation.

outh Programs

Youth Programs •  Kid City Summer Camp celebrated its 25th anniversary with a successful nine weeks of camp fun. •  Break Days successfully returned to the Allison-Jukebox Community Center building, and averaged 38 campers per session. •  Kid City was re-accredited by the American Camp Associaiton, maintaining standards in safety and excellence. Inclusive Recreation •  Successfully supported 10 individual campers with disabilities in Kid City Summer Camp. Facility—Allison-Jukebox Community Center •  Continued efforts to increase energy efficiency by installing a new back door and three programmable thermostats.

Youth Programs/Inclusion 2018 Program Activity Adult/Family Sailing 74 Ballroom Dancing 1,092 Break Days 532 Break Days-Inclusion 12 Kid City Camps-Inclusion 284 Kid City Camps—Total 4,070 Rentals1,300 Youth Sailing Camp 1,126 Total 2018 Participations

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Program Revenue General Fund $0 Non-Reverting$232,716 Total 2018 Revenue $232,716 Program Expenses General Fund $137,022 Non-Reverting$226,311 Total 2018 Expenses $363,333

ORIGINAL

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The Banneker Community Center is a Bloomington Parks and Recreation facility that is dedicated to inspiring youth to maximize their potential through safe and effective programming, and to provide programs and activities connect the Bloomington community.

anneker Community Center

•  Cory Hawkins was hired as the Program Specialist at the Banneker Community Center. •  Banneker received two major grants in 2018: A $45,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe •  •  • 

County to purchase a 14-passenger bus, and a $10,000 grant from Smithville Charitable Foundation for Banneker Camp staffing. Banneker Camp served a total of 4,287 meals during its summer camp to an average 68 participants daily. Banneker’s teen program organized an Indiana University week. Ten participants spent a week on the IU campus, toruing facilities, speaking with admissions and diversity specialists, and visiting the Black Film Institute/Archive in the Herman B. Wells Library. Banneker served a Thanksgiving meal to more than 100 participants, and featured five community partners and a live band.

Banneker Community Center 2018 Program Activity After-School Programs 7,004 Break Days 223 Gym Drop-ins 933 Drop-ins1,933 Family Resource Center 2,637 Food Service Program 2,473 Head Start 0 IU School of Nursing 158 Jump Start Sports  115 LEARN Homeschool 959 Monroe Co. Comm. School Corp. 217 Other Events  689 Paid Rentals 6,334 Preschool Programs 1,840 Special Olympics/Life Designs 0 Teen Night Owls/Mentoring 360 Waived Rentals 2,900 Total 2018 Participations 28,775

Program Revenue General Fund $14,685 Non-Reverting$28,916 Total 2018 Revenue $43,600 Program Expenses General Fund $304,133 Non-Reverting$20,083 Total 2018 Expenses $324,216

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ommunity Events

The Community Events area provides an eclectic mix of cultural and outdoor activities and year-round events to provide enjoyment, education, and a sense of community for the diversity of people who make Bloomington their home. Special events and programs, art fairs, Performing Arts Series, Movies in the Park, Farmers’ Market, Community Gardens, and the Holiday Market are examples of the diversity in programming and projects Community Events offers to the Bloomington community. •  Community Events hosted two new events in celebration of Bloomington’s Bicentennial: The Bicentennial Street Fair and the Bicentennial on the B-Line. Both were welcomed by the community with high attendance at each event.

•  Three new events were created: Slip ‘N Foam, Glow in the Park, and Dearly Departed Cemetery Tours. •  Sarah Mullin was hired as the Market Master and Community Gardens Specialist. •  Three pop-up programs took place in May, August, and December and were advertised solely through social media. Topics included seed planting, a bubble dance party, and a hot chocolate bar complete with tasty add-ins.

•  Movies in the Park series attendance grew by 140%. Movies were offered monthly, on different nights of the week. Food

trucks were included as part of the movie experience. Movies inlcuded Wonder Woman, Breaking Away, Hocus Pocus, and more.

•  Carrie Newcomer performed over the Fourth of July weekend, to the delight of more than 1,000 concert goers. •  Community Gardening completed the installation of new raised garden beds at Willie Streeter Community Gardens. Community Events 2018 Program Activity 50+ Expo 610 A Fair of the Arts 8,166 Bicentennial on the B-Line 2,000 Bicentennial Street Fair 4,500 Cemetery Tours 86 Children’s Expo 1,235 Community Gardens 20,944 Drool in the Pool 508 Farmers’ Market­—Saturday 264,747 Farmers’ Market—Saturday Vendors 2,582 Farmers’ Market—Tuesday 1,986 Farmers’ Market—Tuesday Vendors 163 Festival of Ghost Stories 175 Fourth of July Parade 6,000 Garden Classes 29 Glow in the Park 361 Holiday Market—Customers 9,293 Homegrown Indiana Farm Tours 81 Howl at the Moon Dog Walk 40 Junk in the Trunk 1,337 Messy Mania 376 Mobile Stage Rentals 3 Movies in the Park 740 Nature Sounds 40 Peoples Park Concerts 1,225 Peoples Park Programs 1,695 Pop-Up Programs 102 Performing Arts Series 4,525 Pumpkin Launch 950 Seusspicious Behavior 457 Slip ‘N Foam 275 Spring Fling 272 Summer Sampler 295 Touch a Truck 2,060 Trick or Treat Trail 964 Winter Palooza 200 Yappy Hours 111 Total 2018 Participations 340,240

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Program Revenue—Community Events General Fund $12,135 Non-Reverting$88,337 Total 2018 Revenue $100,472 Program Expenses—Community Events General Fund $391,259 Non-Reverting$50,872 Total 2018 Expenses $442,131

Program Revenue—Farmers’ Market General Fund $0 Non-Reverting$114,450 Total 2018 Revenue $114,450 Program Expenses—Farmers’ Market General Fund $7,886 Non-Reverting$120,779 Total 2018 Expenses $128,665


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uskirk-Chumley Theater Buskirk-Chumley Theater 2018 Program Activity Days of Use 246 Rentals209 BCT Presents 37 Participations 2018 Attendance 57,647 BCT Presents Attendance 8,707 Artists Served 3,237 Presenters72

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ealth and Wellness The Health and Wellness area provides opportunities through programs, events and partnerships to encourage physical activity, to communicate the benefits of healthy choices and to promote department resources which support healthy lifestyles.

•  Jess Klein was hired as the Health and Wellness Coordinator. •  Created a Bicentennial Veterans Day 5K Run/Ruck in conjunction with Bloomington’s Bicentennial. A discounted

registration fee was offered to military/first responders; at least 15 participants identified as military or first responder.

•  Added day-of registration to the Bryan Park Kids Triathlon, and as a result gained five additional participants. •  Successfully implemented Yoga Club at Kid City and Banneker Summer Camps, and Fit Club at Banneker Summer Camp and Afterschool program. Club attendance during the summer programs regularly reached 80 children per week.

•  Received continuation of Youth & Adolescent Physical Activity (YAPA) Grant from the Indiana State Department of Health. The Department was awarded $10,000 for use from November 2018 through October 2019.

Health and Wellness 2018 Program Activity Active Living Coalition 155 Be Active/Employee Wellness 114 Banneker Afterschool Fit Club 172 Bicentennial Veterans Day 5K Run/Ruck 32 Bryan Park Kids Triathlon 28 City/County Employee Health Fair 125 Family Fun Run 25 Fitness with a Firefighter 140 Get Onboard Active Living (G.O.A.L.) 54 G.O.A.L. Training 42 Jazzercise733 Move with the Mayor 40 Play Day 30 Rigamajig & Imagination Playground 675 Tai Chi 720 Walking Club 253 Total 2018 Participations 3,313

Program Revenue General Fund $0 Non-Reverting$2,651 Total 2018 Revenue $2,651 Program Expenses General Fund $104,807 Non-Reverting$1,006 Total 2018 Expenses $105,813

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Administration

The Administration Division implements policy as set forth by the Board of Park Commissioners.

Accomplishments

Administration 2018 Program Activity

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presented with the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, for cities with a population between 75,000 and 100,000, by the National Recreation and Park Association during their annual conference in Indianapolis in September 2018. The Griffy Lake Shoreline Stabilization Project was presented with the 2018 Clark Ketchum Conservation Award byt the Indiana Park and Recreation Association during their annual conference in February 2019. Distributed quarterly customer satisfaction surveys to identify areas for staff development.

Program Revenue General Fund $813 Non-Reverting$34,393 Total 2018 Revenue $35,706 Program Expenses General Fund $750,225 Non-Reverting$4,294 Total 2018 Expenses $754,519

Parks and Recreation Department Director Paula McDevitt (center) accepts the 2018 Gold Medal Award for Excellence, September 2018.

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ommunity Relations

Community Relations coordinates graphic design, promotions, marketing, sponsors, and volunteers.

•  Designed and completed a record 630 print and digital marketing pieces.

•  Created a new series of online ads for digital media to

promote attendance at the summer Performing Arts Series.

•  Obtained $79,397 in monetary sponsorships and facility •  • 

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advertising sales from 85 different businesses and individuals for Parks and Recreation programs and events. Managed 2,409 volunteers who contributed a total of 8,421 hours of service to the Department. Monroe County Youth Council members recruited peers from local high schools for Global Youth Service Day; 42 high school volunteers completed a total of 107 service hours to assit with ecological restoration at Griffy Lake. IU Health Day of Service held at the Banneker Community Center Sept. 14. Seventy-three IU Health employees attended and contributed a total of 219 hours to various projects in and around the facility.

Bravo Award-presented to outstanding volunteers

Pam Roberts, Leonard Springs Nature Days Bob and Penny Austin, 50+ Expo Americorps NCCC Oak 8 Team, Natural Resources Shani Middleton-Ayres and Shelby Thomaston, Skate & Scare

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Volunteers are an integral part of the Parks and Recreation Department’s efforts to control invasive plants in city parks.

Park Partner Award for outstanding partnerships Youth Services Bureau/Safe Place, for support of community events Lisa J. Baker, DDS, for support of youth programs and the Performing Arts Series Rundell Ernstberger Associates, for support of community events and the Performing Arts Series


Partnerships The Parks and Recreation Department entered into 28 partnership and cooperative service agreements to maximize available resources and avoid duplication of services. The Department is proud to partner and collaborate with these organizations in 2018: •  BCT Management •  Bloomington Blades High School Hockey •  Bloomington Blades Youth Hockey Association •  Bloomington Figure Skating Club •  Bloomington Junior League Baseball Association •  Bloomington Soccer LLC •  Centerstone •  Chris Doran •  Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County •  Downtown Bloomington Inc. •  IU Health Bloomington Hospital •  IU School of Public Health •  Ivy Tech Community College •  Jazzercise, Inc. •  Jump Start Sports •  Lake Monroe Sailing Association •  Mad 4 My Dog •  Monroe County Senior League Baseball Assoc. •  Middle Way House •  Monroe County Civic Theater •  Monroe County Fairgrounds •  Monroe County Public Library •  Monroe County United Ministries •  The Ryder Film Series •  Southern Indiana Scuba •  Special Olympics Indiana Monroe County •  Summer Star Foundation •  WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology

Grants and Awards The Department actively pursues grant opportunities to supplement funding received through other sources. Raymond Foundation. .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . $15,000 Leonard Springs Nature Days Indiana State Department of Health Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity Youth and Adolescent Physical Activity (YAPA) Grant . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . $10,000 Health and Wellness Programs Monroe County Community School Corporation 21st Century Community Learning Center. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. .$32,434 Banneker at the View Afterschool Program Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.. . .. .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. .. .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . ..$45,000 14-passenger bus for Banneker Community Center Summer Star Foundation .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .$4,860 Banneker Summer Nature Days Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) Grant .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . $2,800 Management Plan Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) Grant .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . $8,165 Vegetation Management National Recreation and Park Association’s National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management USA Softball James Farrell Award of Excellence—National Softball Tournament Indiana Park and Recreation Association Clark Ketchum Conservation Award—Griffy Lake Shoreline Stabilization Project National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA Designation— 34th consecutive year

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Staff

The Department has a professional and connected staff of long-standing members of our community dedicated to providing quality parks, recreation and sports services.

Administration Paula McDevitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Administrator Ellen Campbell. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Graphic Designer Kim Clapp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Office Manager Missy Grabowski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Customer Service Representative Tiffany Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Customer Service Representative Brenda McGlothlin. . . . . . . . . . . . Customer Service Representative Sarah Owen. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Community Relations Coordinator Ethan Philbeck . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Customer Service Representative Julie Ramey. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Community Relations Manager Operations & Natural Resources Dave Williams. . . . . . . . . . . . Operations and Development Director John Barnes. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . Master MEO Jon Behrman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Natural Resources Laborer II Steve Cotter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Natural Resources Manager Barb Dunbar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Operations Division Coordinator Don Foddrill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facilities Working Foreman Dave Fox. . . . . . . . . . . . Sanitation and Grounds Working Foreman Curtis Gilstrap . .. Cemeteries/Landscaping Working Foreman Dennis Helms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MEO II Mike Hollingsworth. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Laborer II Lee Huss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Urban Forester Mark Marotz . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . Operations Superintendent Kevin Prince. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laborer II Carl Retzlaff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laborer II Dennis Robertson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master MEO Jim Salisbury. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Laborer II Haskell Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Urban Forestry Laborer II Joanna Sparks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . City Landscaper Elizabeth Tompkins . .. .. .. .. .. .. Natural Resources Coordinator Rob Turpin . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Operations Crew Leader 16 2018 Bloomington Parks and Recreation Annual Report

Recreation Rebecca Barrick-Higgins. . . . . . . . . . . Recreation Services Director Leslie Brinson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Community Events Manager Hannah Buddin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Program Specialist Cory Hawkins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Program Specialist Jess Klein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health & Wellness Coordinator Erik Pearson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Program Specialist Sarah Mullin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Program Specialist Bill Ream. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Program/Facility Coordinator Crystal Ritter. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Community Events Coordinator Amy Shrake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inclusive Recreation Coordinator Terrance Thomas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Program Specialist Marcia Veldman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Program/Facility Coordinator Sports John Turnbull. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sports Division Director Aaron Craig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Golf Facilities Manager Daren Eads . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Program/Facility Coordinator Dan Kluesner. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Sports Laborer Chris Lamb . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Athletic Fields Working Foreman Hsiung Marler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sports Facility/Program Manager Scott Pedersen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Youth Sports Coordinator Chelsea Price . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Aquatics/Sports Coordinator James Richardson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MEO Jason Sims . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Golf Programs Coordinator Megan Stark. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Membership Coordinator Mark Sterner . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Sports Area Manager Mark Thrasher. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Golf Course Superintendent Dee Tuttle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sports Coordinator


Message from the Board of Park Commissioners

If you were to follow the Bloomington Parks and Recreation calendar through the year you would quickly see that leisure rarely takes a day off in our fair city. From Winter Palooza in February to preschool gardening in April, softball, tennis and swimming in the summer to the Pumpkin Launch near Halloween and ice skating with Santa in December, exercise and fun are always in season. The Department, which won a 2018 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, works tirelessly to offer trails, parks, pools, an ice arena, a golf course and countless special events for citizens of all ages and abilities. The Board of Park Commissioners is especially excited to see the opening of Switchyard Park later this year. Slated to be finished in November 2019, this 57-acre park will be Bloomington’s largest yet, boasting ample green space, garden beds, a stage, a dog park, splash pad, playground and numerous sports courts. On behalf of the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners, I invite you to participate in one of the many recreation opportunities provided by the Parks and Recreation Department. Odds are, there is park or facility near you!

Board of Park Commissioners President Kathleen Mills (R) is joined by Park Commissioner Les Coyne at the Switchyard Park Groundbreaking, May 11, 2018.

Kathleen Mills, President Board of Park Commissioners

M ission Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department will provide essential services, facilities and programs necessary for the positive development and well-being of he community through the provision of parks, greenways, trails and recreational facilities while working in cooperation with other service providers in the community in order to maximize all available resources.

Vision

We strive to provide the highest quality parks, recreation services and greenspace to enhance the quality of life for our community.

Values

diversity l service l respect l stewardship l quality l accountability l progressive l responsive


Mayor

John Hamilton

Director

Paula McDevitt

Board of Park Commissioners Les Coyne Darcie Fawcett Joe Hoffmann Kathleen Mills

Bloomington Parks Foundation 2018 Board of Directors Debbie Lemon, President Travis Vencel, Past President Jim Murphy, Vice President Chris Quackenbush, Secretary Chris Hawk, Treasurer Jason Banach Doug Bruce John Carter Les Coyne Ted Ferguson John Hurlow Erin Martoglio Aaron Mobley Tony Mobley Valerie Pena Tony Rastall Gary Scott David Skirvin Karin St. John Trish Sterling Jon Tichenor

Emeritus Members Frank Barnhart Doris Brineman Steve Ferguson Art Lotz Jane McIntosh Pat Mulholland Joan Olcott Gayle Stuebe

Bicentennial Veterans Day 5KRun/Ruck at RCA Community Park, November 11, 2018

City of Bloomington, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department 2018 Annual Report  

Annual report for January-December 2018, including participation numbers and unaudited financial data.

City of Bloomington, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department 2018 Annual Report  

Annual report for January-December 2018, including participation numbers and unaudited financial data.

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