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Parks and Rec District looking for input from community



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November 24, 2013
The Valley Center Parks and Recreation District will soon be conducting a survey to better understand what kinds of facilities and programs people want to see offered in Valley Center. The survey comes at a time when the district is looking to provide better services and spaces for the community (such as constructing a new park), but is lacking the funds to do so.

"We need your support year round to make these facilities run year round," said Vice President Tom Bumgardner at the district board meeting on Nov. 20. Depending on the response from the survey, the board will consider putting a bond initiative on an upcoming ballot to bring in some more tax dollars for the district.

"Just $20 a year on the tax structure gives us a lot of money," said Bumgardner. "We're going to use that for these parks. We're going to improve the parks. We're going to make better fields and more basketball courts and more options for them. We have no community center here in Valley Center. You need to have a community center."

In addition to improving and expanding facilities, the district would also consider providing more athletic and educational programs for the community. As the school district has had to increase costs or cut back on some of the after school programs in recent years, Parks and Rec is looking to provide more and more of those services.

"As a parks district we need to pick it up, which we are," said Doug Johnsen, general manager.

The survey will be available on the Parks' website, at certain locations around town to be decided upon soon, and possibly mailed out to residents as well.

In other news:

• Plans for the possible acquisition of 43 acres for a new park between Valley Center and Vesper roads are in limbo until the appraisal is completed. The appraisal should be done in the next few weeks.

• The Parks and Recreation Distrct will be developing a new, more interactive website in the coming month. It will feature monthly updates, online reservations for facilities, and Paypal payment processing.

• The 2nd Annual Block Party raised around $1,000 for the Parks and Recreation District.

• The Valley Center Little League Golf Tournament raised around $6,000, which is to be split between Valley Center Little League and the Parks District. Twenty sponsors and 80 golfers turned out for the event.

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