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Toledo, Tama councils updated on local recreation efforts

November 21, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Reports from the three recreation and health venues jointly supported by the cities of Toledo and Tama showed good participation and all with positive cash balances for 2013.

Toledo Council members Brian Sokol, Elmer "Skip" Wilson, Jeff Filloon and Terry Goodhart and Tama City Council members Robert Tyynismaa, Kenny McAdoo and Mike Carnahan met with representatives of the three boards - Tama-Toledo Recreation, South Tama Recreation Trail and Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center - at a special joint council meeting at the Tama Civic Center Council Chambers on Tuesday night, Nov. 12.

The meeting is required annually by codes of both cities.

Recreation Program

Jason Kriegel, Rec Board chair, reported the board's finances "are in very good shape" and a surplus exists to allow for purchase of equipment or items "needed to make that sport more effective."

Participants in activities by number included: golf - 42; soccer- 63; tennis- 55; volleyball- 56; T-ball- 44; softball- 24; baseball- 58; swimming lessons- 140; and flag football- 70.

Jake Jacobson, president, and Mark McFate, representing the Rec Trail Board also reported a financial balance with these funds directed at either additional trail development or maintenance of the existing trail network.

Jacobson said the Rec Trail account at Lincoln Savings Bank totals $10,284. In the State Bank of Toledo account, the board has an additional $8,371 he said.

McFate reported the trail currently is a total of $6.44 miles in length. It extends from West Ross Street near the Toledo City Park to near the Iowa River at U.S. Highway 63 (South State Street) in Tama.

Currently under consideration is a 1.35 mile extension of the route from the U.S. 63 stopping point across the highway and then south and eastward along the flood control dike for a distance of 1.35 miles.

T-T Family Aquatic Center

"Weather was a factor - threatening weather and too cool," Cletus Miller, Family Aquatic Center chair, said of a 29 percent drop in swimmers at the facility for the 2013 season. A total attendance f 10,303 was listed for 2013 compared to 14,506 in 2012.

The cash assets for the operation were maintained, however with an ending cash balance totaling $78,446 in November, 2012, compared to $78,605 in 2012.

Weather forcing closing for part of a day occurred for 20 days in 2013 compared to none for 2012. The pool was open for 72 days compared to 876 in 2012. Local school classes extended into the first week of June also having an effect on attendance the report said.

Admission receipts for 2013 (2012 in parenthesis) were:

Daily- $18,7568 ($22,947)

Family Season tickets- $16,060 (19,025)

Food sales $15,650 (20,471)

Parties $4,100 (4,450)

Punch card tickets $2,040 (2,700)

Single season tickets $2,940 (2,385)

Misc. income $1,319 (2.052)

Both Toledo and Tama add $108,000 for Aquatic Center operations.

The report lists 2014 needs including replacing the manager, inspection of the slides and possible repairs, recruiting of lifeguards, policy review including family season ticket requirements, promotion of the pool and equipment purchase.



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