Bellefontaine Park Board ready for a busy fall; approves 2023 budget (Audio included)

The Bellefontaine Joint Recreation District board met Monday evening.

Superintendent Kris Myers reported that youth soccer is up and running well, thanks to the work of the soccer board. Meyers also stated youth football is underway and will hold its first football game this Sunday (September 11) at AcuSport Stadium.

The annual Ring of Lights will occur at Blue Jacket park on Saturday, October 22nd.

This event is for children ages preschool through 2nd grade and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Parents can look for more details to come home with their student(s) in the coming weeks.

On Community Care day, several volunteers helped with different projects at Rutan Park and moved over 22 tons of gravel at “Nature’s Play Path” at Camp Myeerah.

With summer winding down, the Hoffman Pool saw revenue go up towards $99,000 for the season, along with that, it also saw the number of expenses increase. General pool attendance was up compared to previous years, as well as swim lessons and pool parties.

In other news, the park board is currently asking the community to fill out a park usage and opinion survey which can be found at www.bellefontaineparks.com.

Hi-Point Baseball Association President, Justin Dinovo approached the board asking for by-law changes.

Justin Dinovo presenting to the Park Board

The park board approved a proposed budget for 2023, including a $43,000 increase. The increase will go mainly towards payroll increases. Most park employees are currently paid $11 an hour and the budget increase will allow for a $4 per hour pay increase.

The budget will go on to city administration and then to the city council to be approved.