Joint Recreation discusses successful Community Care Day


The Bellefontaine Joint Recreation District Board met in regular session on Tuesday evening.

Youth football and soccer are off to great starts. Youth football is doing a trial year of the league and it has been going well. The numbers are up in soccer.

Several projects have recently been done. There have been two groups volunteer for United Way’s Community Care Day on August 25. A group from Robinson Investments helped at Lewis Ratleff Park. Also, a group from Community Health and Wellness Partners painted at Myrtle Park. Last week, a Mad River Mountain leadership team came out to put the finishing touches on Myrtle Park.

Kris Myers, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, explains the groups that participated and helped with the United Way’s Community Care Day projects:

A new fence will be going in at Harmon Field within the next couple of days.

At Myeerah Nature Preserve, the district is working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife and will be starting a spray program on invasive species this month and next.

Myers gives an update on the Myeerah invasive spraying:

The Ring of Lights will be held on Saturday, October 21 at Blue Jacket Park. Children will start walking around the walking track at 7:30 p.m. This program is for children ages preschool through 2nd grade. The Joint Recreation Board has had 400-500 participants and a crowd of approximately 1,200-1,500 people for the event in recent years.

Myers explains the Ring of Lights:

The Hoffman Pool brought in a little over $91,000 in revenue this year. The full pool report will be given out next month.

In an old business report, the district has been awarded a grant for a Field Paint Robot. No purchase has been made yet, but it’ll be ordered now. The robot won’t be used for fields this fall. Instead, it’ll be ready to be used for next spring.

In a new business report, the Midwest Tournament Factory would like to rent their baseball and softball facilities. Three weekends were agreed upon for next year, one in April, May, and June. The reason for renting out the facilities is to bring people into Bellefontaine and generate a source of revenue in the community. There is no contract yet, but the board approved the agreement.

The next Bellefontaine Joint Recreation District Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m.