2017 Parks and Recreation Tax Levy Information
Tax Levy Meeting Dates & Special Forum Dates:
01. Streetsboro Parks and Recreation Power Point - Presented April 24, 2017, to the Finance Committee and Council meeting
02. Streetsboro Parks and Recreation Power Point - Presented May 22, 2017, to the Finance Committee and Council meeting
Welcome to the 2017 Parks and Recreation Tax Levy Information page. Here is where the Parks and Recreation Department will post current information regarding levy meeting dates and times, access to all meeting materials discussed in public work sessions, Council meetings, and Parks, Recreation and Advisory Committee meetings.
Parks & Recreation Tax Levy
The City of Streetsboro Parks & Recreation is asking for City Council's approval to place a 5 mill permanent property tax levy on the 2017 November General Election ballot. The proposed property tax levy would continually fund the Parks & Recreation Department's operations, capital improvements and debt retirement.
If the levy is approved the Parks & Recreation Department will embark on the implementation and improvement plan to achieve the following goals and action items.
- Park Capital Improvements (see details below)
- City Park
- Wilcox Park
- Thomas Heritage Park
- Organizational Improvements
- Increase Programming levels with the addition of staff
- Plan, implement, construct and operate a new Community Recreation Center (see details below)
Questions & Answers
What will a 5 mill permanent property tax for Parks & Recreation cost?
- Passage of the proposed levy rate of 5 mills would increase a homeowner’s tax rate by $175 per year (or under $15 per month) per $100,000 in property valuation (based on appraised value, not actual selling price).
What will the proposed Parks & Recreation Levy money go towards?
- An approved 5 mill Parks & Recreation Tax Levy will provide money for the Parks & Recreation Department for:
- Operations – staffing, materials & supplies
- Capital Improvements – major improvements to the current parks and construction of new parks
- Community Recreation Center – the opportunity to plan, develop and construct a Community Recreation Center
Money raised from the tax levy can only be used for Parks & Recreation purposes.
- Baseball/ Softball Fields:
- Upgrade the current 4 field complex. Field leveling and grading, fences,
- Bull Pens for pitchers warm-ups
- Covered dugouts and a safe on-deck circle
- Score Keepers tower (on top of the current pavilion) with scoreboards.
- Outdoor Basketball Court:
- The addition of 2 blacktop outdoor basketball courts.
- The possibility of lights would also be considered.
- Sand Volleyball Courts:
- 2 Sand Volleyball courts with the possibility of lights.
- Upgraded Pavilion:
- Installation of a modern outdoor pavilion with the possibility of an adjoining kitchenette.
- Paved walking path: Complete the paved walking/jogging path throughout the park.
- Engineer to implement the concept plan from the 2007 Streetsboro Master Plan: athletic field, pavilion, walking/jogging paths were all planned amenities for this park.
- With the possibility of Wilcox Park becoming a trail head for the future development of the Streetsboro trails, the department would seek grant funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Thomas Heritage Park
- Master Plan: The Parks & Recreation Department will start the Master Plan process for Thomas Heritage Park. This planning process will aid the department (and the City) in determining the possibilities that exist for the future on this park property.
- The addition of a Pavilion: A final determination of a location for the Lowe’s Sponsored pavilion will need to be planned and approved.
- Paved Parking Lot: The parking lot and entrance to the dog park will need to be engineered and improvement to the storm water drainage.
- Water and Electric supplied to the property: For future park amenities, including restrooms.
- On Monday, June 12, 2017, Mayor Broska outlined a plan for a new City Center project which included a Community Recreation Center, new Fire Station and a private/public partnership for the construction of medical offices and City Administration offices.
What amenities would be included within a Community Recreation Center?
Amenities were based on 1) The 2003 facility study done by Richard L Bowen & Associates, 2) recent national reports and current trends within the construction of Community Recreation facilities and 3)the results of the 2017 Streetsboro Community Survey. The following amenities are being recommended for a facility within Streetsboro.
Senior Center/Community Rooms:
- Streetsboro Senior Center: The current Streetsboro Senior Center provides recreational, health & wellness and social opportunities for the residents of Streetsboro and the surrounding areas. The Center receives an average of 9,000 visits per year. This service is provided at little to no cost to the current participants. This practice would remain in place for the Senior Center portion of a new facility. Accesses to other amenities within the facility would require a membership.
- Community Rooms: This large room would be used for programming space for enrichment programs, low impact exercise classes and Lunch & Learns. The room would also have the availability to be divided into smaller rooms for rental space and lunch programming for the Senior Center.
- Warming Kitchen: The kitchen area will be attached to the Community rooms to act as a prep station for luncheons, and available for use by rental groups.
- Child Watch: The child care area will allow parents of smaller children the option of having them cared for by facility staff members. Weekly hours will be determined based on facility need. During down time the room may be used for enrichment programming, staff training or rental space.
Fitness & Group Exercise:
- Cardio/Free Weight/Selectorized Equipment: This area will act as the heart of the facility. Members/Day Pass Users will be able to cater their own individual fitness plan using the fitness equipment provided.
- Cardio Equipment examples: treadmills, elliptical, stair steppers, X-trainers, stationary bikes and recumbent bikes
- Free Weights examples: bench press, dip stations, hand weights, dumbbells, kettlebells, leg press, etc.
- Selectorized equipment: exercise equipment that has a level of resistance adjusted by moving a pin or lever. Familiar brands would include Nautilus, Cybex, and Lifefitness
- Group Exercise Room/Dance Studio: The dance studio could be constructed in a way to allow for two smaller rooms or one large fitness room. This would give the program staff more opportunity to offer multiple classes. This room would have flooring appropriate for group exercise classes, a sound system and large mirrors on the walls.
- Gymnasium: The facility would have two High School regulation basketball courts that divide into 4 smaller side courts. (12 total basketball backboards) This will allow for open gym time, youth and adult leagues, classes, camps and rentable space.
- The courts will also allow for 4 standard size volleyball courts. This will permit youth and adult leagues, classes, camps and rentable space. The availability to host multiple basketball and volleyball tournaments also exist.
- Athletic Field: An indoor athletic field would also allow for multiple programming and rental opportunities. The following youth and adult sports leagues, programs and camps could be offered: soccer, flag football, indoor baseball, ultimate Frisbee and more. This space could also be rented to local teams for indoor practices or private instruction.
- Indoor Walking Track: The indoor walking track will allow individuals the opportunity to continue their active lifestyle year round.
- Activity Pool: The pool area has multiple options and amenities for patrons of all ages. Zero depth entry, water features, small slide, enclosed slide, lazy river, lap lanes and more.
- Birthday Party Room: The majority of the facility rentals will be for the aquatics facility. Including a rentable room within the aquatics area would allow for increased programming.
- Locker Rooms/ Family Changing Area: Locker room facilities for the patrons of the facility.