Parks & Recreation Committee - Minutes

Thu., Mar. 9, 2017

Chair B. Cortaberria had an excused absent. Present were Board members J. Stahlberg, L.

Garcia, C. Harrison, and S. Williams. Also absent were M. Kay and Councilor J. Myers.

2016 November Minutes

Since there was not a quorum February 2017, minutes will not be approve until April 13th meeting.

Public Attendance

Lidia Harrison

Public Comment



A) Harkenrider Center update

Director Fetter stated bids for the center have been opened and a firm has been selected. There were three bids submitted and the lowest bid came from G-Two out of Kennewick, Washington. G-Two is currently involved with the EOTC building project. Their bid came in at $2,355,000 and it will be presented to council on March 20th for approval. The director stated once all the paperwork is filled out, signed and dated then excavating can begin. Mr. Fetter stated a ribbon cutting date will be planned with Parks & Recreation committee members being invited.

Member S. Williams asked if there were any local contract that submitted bids to which Mr. Fetter stated no however, most of the first-tier sub-contractors will be from the local area.

A couple of committee members had received some concerns from seniors that the director was happy to address. Mr. Fetter stated once the old senior center is torn down the senior lunch program will not be displaced. An agreement has been established with the Catholic Church starting in May to use their Parish Hall to continue serving lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The Director reiterated the Harkenrider Center will only be used for senior (60+) programs during the first 5 years. He also confirmed that the thrift shop will not be able to set-up shop in the Harkenrider Center since customers are not limited to age.

Mr. Fetter stated he has reminded the senior group that continual construction will be on going for a while, consisting of two phases; Phase 1) construction and completion of building  Phase 2) site parking area.

B) Sunset Park

Mr. Fetter stated most recently Sunset Park has been chained off, the slide removed, reduced the height of swing set and added a play structure that was left from another project.

Moda Assist Competition ends on March 20th and the Director said he can’t wait. For most of the competition Hermiston has been in the lead with votes. He stated April 1st will be the award ceremony at the Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns game which ironically is the City Parks & Recreation group clinic/game night so there will be a crowd of people from Hermiston.

Current voting as of today, March 9th.

Hermiston Jason Lee Elementary Tillamook
11,124 9,010 1,525

The director stated Ace Hardware has been very involved in the competition by advertising and encouraging customers to Vote Sunset from their mobile devices. Fetter has invited Ace and their employees to help in the community build project along with area neighbors. A picture of the type of playground equipment that might serve the 2-5 year range was shown that included canopy shades that would withstand even Hermiston winds.

C) Disc Golf Update

A laser cut out powder-coated medallion was passed around the room for board members to see. The medallions, Mr. Fetter stated, were made by the HHS shop class and will be used on the top of the cages that will be used in disc golf course. This project has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Hospital Wellness Foundation so goals have been ordered and the director hopes by summer time Hermiston will be able to use the facility.

Other Items of Interest:

Although the Highland Trial was not part of the agenda Mr. Fetter wanted to update the group on the latest information.

The trail will start near New Castle homes, being set back from south side of West Highland roadside and continue eastward toward Steelhead Park. 

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has agreed to transfer Steelhead Park to the city.

Mr. Fetter stated current and future recreational projects.

  1. Dog Park
  2. Trail - along road ways and canals
  3. Pickle ball Courts
  4. Skate Park
  5. Additional Soccer Fields
  6. Indoor Aquatic Facility

Program highlights given by G. Wicks

Meeting adjourned at 6:05pm

Next meeting is April 13, 2017

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