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Parks district campaigns to inform public of its mission



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June 12, 2013
The parks district, says one of its directors, Larry Glavinic, is "one of the best kept secrets in Valley Center. We are trying to change that."

The Valley Center Parks & Rec District (VCP&R) has begun a low-key campaign to inform the public about what it does and would like to do.

One facet of that campaign is to get people to fill out a survey about the district (see this page) and return it to the district office at 28246 Lilac Rd. or mail it to POB 141, Valley Center, CA 92082.

In addition, the district will host public meetings on June 13 and 27 at 7 p.m. at VC Community Hall to talk about the district's prospects.

At Monday night's Valley Center Planning Group meeting Glavinic gave a Powerpoint presentation to the group and the audience, about the district.

The district was formed 53 years ago and changed its name ten years ago because nobody knew what it did. It has different boundaries from many of the special districts that have "Valley Center" in their name. It includes some territory in Hidden Meadows and Champagne Village, while not including territory in the Paradise Mountain area. "We think people in Paradise Mountain are more like to use our services than people at Welk's," Glavinic observed.

He noted that the district is "looking at opportunities" for additional revenue since property tax revenues are decreasing. "One of the things we'd like to do is get a little more money," said Glavinic. "Various users want various different things such as a fitness center, multi-use fields, meals on wheels, senior classes, a BMX track or skateboard park, places for horse people to have three day events. Come and fill out the surveys because we would really like to get your input."

The district is in the process of selling the nine-acre parcel on the corner of Lilac & Valley Center roads. The land is in escrow and will return more than the district purchased it for. This provides the opportunity to buy more than nine acres somewhere else.

According to Glavinic, "There was some real screaming and yelling," during board meetings about selling the land. However, he said, "There were a whole bunch of constraints on the land that made it hard to use for our purposes." For example, it had no access to sewer. "You elected five people to sit on the board and make those kinds of decisions but when you sell something you have to replace it. The thing came down to the issue that if we sell it we are going to replace it.

They are looking for 10-20 acres. "We want to satisfy the greatest possible population in Valley Center," said Glavinic.

Attending to give moral support to Glavinic's presentation was board President Marcia Townsend and district general manager Doug Johnsen.

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