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2016 ANNUAL REPORT

RECREATION & PARKS


Mission, Vision, Values, and Pillars Mission Statement To provide opportunities that enhance healthy community connections. We enhance positive community connections by providing quality active/passive recreation space and programs for the community to play, learn and grow.

Growth Vision Foster a supportive and constructive (work) environment that embraces Conservation - Social Equity - Health & Wellness through inclusive decision making and mindful daily actions.

Department Values Healthy Lifestyles

Focus on active, passive, healthy life balance

Integrity

Trust developed in doing our work in the public realm

Dependability

Service-oriented & responsive customer service

Growth & Diversity

Growing community connections through programming and park offerings

Teamwork/Partnership Commitment to collaboration & coordination with our community & colleagues Inclusivity

Fostering diversity of all kind

Stewardship

Of public service & a sustainable environment

Quality

In all that we do

Pillars Our parks are critical in the role of preserving natural resources that have real economic benefits for our community. We are the leaders, often the only voice in our community, for protecting open space, connecting children to nature, and providing education and programming that helps communities engage in conservation practices. We lead the nation in improving the overall health and wellness of communities. We are essential partners in combating some of the most complicated and expensive challenges our country faces: poor nutrition, hunger, obesity, and physical inactivity. Access to our public parks and recreation are a RIGHT, not just a privilege. Every day we are working hard to ensure that all members of our community have access to the resources and programming we offer. Very few-if any-can claim the same.


Goals, Objectives, and Accomplishments Goals and Objectives Develop a Master Plan for City-owned parks, open space, community gardens and recreational programs. Work with city administration, boards, and departments to acquire additional park land and recreation spaces, path easements and pedestrian trails. Continue to develop partnerships with local businesses to provide new innovative programs and events for our community. Continue to work with UVM Lands program, Place Program, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and Winooski Valley Park District to conduct an analysis of our natural areas, and implement recommendations. Continue to advocate and pursue funding for indoor recreation programming spaces.

Accomplishments • Open Space and Natural Areas Task Force completed task of prioritizing the use of 1.3 million dollars and was approved by City Council for Red Rocks Park, Underwood Property, Wheeler Nature Park and Homestead. • Increased and Enhanced Citywide Community Events through Public/Private partnerships. • Junior Rec Camp became a licensed school age childcare site, enabling eligible families to receive financial subsidy from the State of Vermont, reducing our scholarship funding need by $18,000. Proud recipient of a $33,000 NRPA/ Walmart grant allowing for additional enhancements to include daily lunch/snacks provided by SBFS, farm to table program coordinated through Common Roots, fitness/nutrition education through Body Resolution. • Improved Marketing efforts through quality activity guide, monthly e-newsletters, twitter, Facebook, Instagram, radio & television reducing our cancelation rate from 35% to 7%. • A new partnership with Champlain Housing Trust began a first of many Pop-Up barbeques at O’Dell apartments during the summer. • Park Improvements at Red Rocks Park and Wheeler Nature Park thanks to our partnership with Vermont Youth Conservation Corp and Winooski Valley Park District. • Increased participation in the Community Garden program. Demand is high. • Increased Adult Bus Tours by 50%. • Increased attendance during our summer months at Red Rocks Park by 20%. • Winner of the Tree City USA Award 8 years in a row. • Removed fencing at Farrell Park, making it available to diverse user groups. • Tree and brush removal at Wheeler Homestead opening up view. • Utilization of recycled biosolids on all of the city flower beds has produced outstanding results. • Began work on the City Council approved Baycrest Park design.


2015 Recreation & Parks Information 440+ acres of park & open space

6 multi-use fields 8 greenspaces

1 dog park 6 baseball fields

26+ miles of recreation path 5 basketball courts

$26,000 in youth scholarships

1,500 mini bus transportees

5 tennis courts

92% resident 8% non-resident program participation

13,211 participation hours

50 seasonal staff

377 different program activities 10 events produced

3 soccer fields

5,496 enrolled program participants

$35,700 inkind/ financial sponsorships 2,500 special event patrons transported

5,000 event participation 3,892 volunteer service hours = $46,704 in financial savings


2016 Recreation & Parks Information 440+ acres of park & open space

6 multi-use fields 8 greenspaces

1 dog park 6 baseball fields

26+ miles of recreation path 5 basketball courts

$8,000 in youth scholarships

1,500 mini bus transportees

5 tennis courts

96% resident 4% non-resident program participation

57,082 participation hours

60 seasonal staff

400 different program activities 21 events produced

3 soccer fields

7,933 enrolled program participants

$69,700 inkind/ financial sponsorships 2,500 special event patrons transported

13,905 event participation 3,892 volunteer service hours = $46,704 in financial savings


Department & Committees

Recreation & Parks Department The South Burlington Recreation and Parks Department staff is committed to providing active and passive recreation and leisure arts opportunities that meet the needs of the community it serves. Public engagement is paramount to the success of any healthy Recreation and Parks Department. We welcomed over 13,905 participants to our specialty events, provided 7,933 registrants with recreation and leisure opportunities within our 400 offered programs and coordinated 3,892 volunteer service hours to support our programs, events and committees. While the majority of our program participants surveyed expressed an appreciation for excellence in experience, customer service and value, there were two major concerns that the public shared as sub-par; program location and program space. Utilizing our community schools as our only resource for indoor programing, limits both availability and function. The need for programmable space of our own is evident, and is a significant priority as we plan for the future.

Recreation & Parks Committee The Recreation and Parks Committee is appointed by the South Burlington City Council to serve the residents of South Burlington by acting in an advisory capacity to the Recreation and Parks Department and the City Council. The Recreation & Leisure Arts Committee presented to City Council a name change and a revision of our By-laws. City Council approved both changes. The committee advocated for public approval of votes for the 1/2 cent for park enchancements, City Center TIF Proposal and Phase 1. The South Burlington Comprehensive Plan articulates a vision and aspirations for the City. Throughout the year members of our committee and the Recreation and Parks Department staff have devoted considerable time and focus to insuring that issues related to recreation and open space are included in the Plan. Chief among those are the need for indoor recreation and program facilities, creation of sufficient playing fields to accommodate demand and maintenance, and the goals for open space as presented in the South Burlington Open Space Report.

Natural Resources Committee The Natural Resources Committee (NRC) is comprised of nine members appointed by the South Burlington City Council. The NRC aims to conserve the City’s natural areas, open spaces, and other elements of South Burlington’s natural heritage for current and future generations and is tasked to inform the public on natural resource issues affecting its residents as well as aims to engage citizens and enhance their experience of the city’s natural areas 2016 proved to be a busy and productive year for the committee. In October, the NRC provided feedback to the South Burlington Planning Commission on a framework for prioritizing renewable energy siting, in combination with energy efficiency and energy conservation efforts. In February the committee advocated for the 1/2 cent open space fund ballot item (partial allocation of open space funds for the maintenance/enhancement of South Burlington’s natural areas). October brought several committee members to attend the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions’ annual conservation summit. In November, the Recreation and Parks Department transitioned as the new staff liasons for the committee and with their support the NRC has planned a focused ‘retreat’ (work session) in early 2017, in order to refine its mission statement, formulate an annual work plan and articulate both short- and long-term goals.


Satisfaction Comparison

How would you describe the strength of your relationship with Staff/Coaches/Instructors Above Average 69.5% How likely are you to recommend/register for programs in the future? Good 23.2% 2016 Very Likely 55.3% Poor 4.4% Likely 33.1% 2015 N/A 3.0% Not Likely 6.8% 100.0% N/A 4.8% 2016 100.0%

uld you describe the strength of your relationship with Staff/Coaches/Instructors? verage 67.8% 24.7% 2015 3.7% 3.8% 100.0%

How would you describe the strength of your relationship with Staff/Coaches/Instructors? 2015

3.7% 3.8%

6.8%

3.0% 4.4% 4.8%

23.2%

24.7%

vs. 55.3%

33.1%

67.8%

Above Average

Good

Poor

69.5%

Above Average Poor Very Likely Likely Good Not Likely

N/A

ely are you to recommend/register for programs in the future? kely 55.3% uld you describe the strength of 33.1% your relationship with Staff/Coaches/Instructors? 2015 verage 69.5% ely 6.8% 23.2% 2016 4.8% 4.4%2015 100.0% 3.0% 100.0% 4.8%

N/A N/A

How likely are you to recommend/register for programs in the future? Very Likely 57.7% Likely 34.4% 2016 Not Likely 3.8% N/A 4.2% 100.0% 2016

How likely are you to recommend/register for programs in the future? 3.8% 4.2%

6.8%

4.4% 3.0% 23.2% 33.1%

55.3%

vs.

34.4% 57.7%

69.5% Very Likely

Likely

Not Likely

Very Likely

N/A

ely are you to recommend/register for programs in the future? kely 57.7% Good Poor N/A Above Average 34.4% 2016 ely 3.8% 4.2% 100.0% 3.8% 4.2%

34.4% 57.7%

Very Likely

Likely

Not Likely

N/A

Likely

Not Likely

N/A


Recreation & Parks Department

Recreation & Parks Committee

Maggie Leugers, CPRP, Director Holly Baker, CPRP, Assistant Director Brett Leonard, Recreation Specialist Darla Champine, Administrative Assistant Travis Ladd, Special Projects Coordinator

Jennifer Kochman, Chair Mike Simoneau, V. Chair Glenn Sproul Liz Robitaille Rebecca Poquette George Donovan Naa Aku Shika Addo Paul Steinman

Parks Department

Natural Resources Committee

Andrew Noonan, CPSI, ISA Cert. Arborist, Parks Foreman David Methot, Parks Maintenance Corey Bessette, Parks Maintenance

Betty Milizia, Co-chair Melissa Cuke, Co-chair Lisa Yankowski Kristin Williams Russell Agne Katie Kain Sean Devine Gwen Kozlowski David Crawford

2016 SB Recreation & Parks Annual Report  
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