Town discusses recreation at monthly mayor's morning

Early risers (and those that only get up early on special occasions) are invited to join Mayor Karen Stepper for her monthly Morning with the Mayor meeting on Friday, June 3.

This month, Recreation Services Manager Michelle Lacy will discuss town recreation programs and solicit feedback from the community on activities they would like to see.

"I'll talk about general recreation programs offered by the town and how we choose those programs as well as participation rates over the past few years," Lacy said. "There will also be a chance to talk about different programs they might see in the future."

Lacy said the recreation department has seen a spike in senior programs and plans to increase the number of programs when the Veterans Memorial Building opens later this year. There has also been a steady growth in youth program participants, especially in day camps.

"Even with downturn in iconology, our participation rates have been fairly consistent. The community has been responding and there is a need," she said.

The mayor's morning will be held at Father Nature's Restaurant (172 E Prospect Ave.) at 7:30 a.m.


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Posted by [removed]
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

Dear Editor,

An Alamo ad hoc committee is pursuing the removal of Hap Magee Ranch Park, including the SRV YMCA property, from Alamo and R-7A boundaries. Alamo residents recognize that Hap Magee Ranch Park and the SRV YMCA property have no value or purpose for Alamo residents. The reality is that Hap Magee is used by Danville residents and belongs in Danville’s sphere of influence outside of Alamo and R-7A boundaries.

As we all know, only a few Alamo residents use parks and programs provided by R-7A funding. CCLAFCO detailed this reality last year and a recent R-7A survey confirmed a very low interest among the >13,000 residents in <5000 residences surveyed. With Alamo residents now asked to increase R-7A appropriations via Measure F on June 7, Alamo neighborhood groups are focusing on uses of R-7A funding that serves more Alamo residents. Alamo residents’ interests in natural open space protection, native landscaping, walking paths, school-based self-directed recreation facilities, ridgeline protection and more preservation of our area’s native and natural beauty are the focus of residents for R-7A funding.

Decisions by Danville and the county to determine the sphere of influence impacting Hap Magee Ranch Park should invite your readers to consider Hap Magee Ranch Park’s future.

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Posted by the dogfather
a resident of Danville
on Jun 5, 2011 at 7:56 am

Sorry to have missed this conversation -- does anyone know whether there are plans for another dog park? Hap Magee is terrific and a victim of its own popularity -- why, I've even seen dogs from Alamo there!

That dog park is now closed one day/week for what is called maintenance -- I suspect it's at least as much related to reducing wear/tear. Solution, it seems to me, is to add a second park -- at Osage where it floods very occasionally (therefore no sports fields affected) or along the Iron Horse just north of Sycamore to the 680 overpass, or on the east side somewhere.

Dog parks are a genuine source of community for People -- I've made many friends there whom I'd never have met otherwise in our cloistered little burg.

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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Jun 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

Would it be possible to get more than 15-hours' notice of this kind of meeting, here?

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