2012 Annual Report

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Adopted by PRCR Advisory Board:  November 5, 2012

Presented to Town Council:  October 9, 2012

2012 Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Master Plan - Actively participated in the entire planning process of the Master Plan.  This included attending a series of focus group meetings, 3 public meetings and two joint Advisory Board and Committee meetings to review and provide input on the Master Plan.

Land Dedication Ordinance – Multi-family Fees – The Board reviewed and commented on capital projects and engaged in review of thirteen development projects with respect to Cary’s Land Dedication Ordinance.  These projects were reviewed on a monthly basis and we assisted staff in expanding the ordinance to include Multi Family Development Fees.

Project Liaisons (Carpenter Park and Old Reedy Creek Road Trailhead Projects) – Reviewed and commented on capital projects. Served as liaisons on design committees for Carpenter Park and Old Reedy Creek Road Trailhead. Both projects were in the planning process during most of 2012 and involved a number of public meetings.

Volunteer Support – Provided ongoing volunteer support (1,700 hrs) for PRCR programs and special events, i.e. Lazy Daze, Spring Daze, fundraising; dedications and ground breakings.

Citizen Input – The Board served as a conduit for Citizen Input year-round for Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources initiatives (i.e. pickle ball) and requests for specialized needs programming. Overall, we liaisoned with Friends of Hemlock Bluffs, Cary Senior Center, Festivals Committee, Koka Booth Amphitheater Advisory Board, Teen Council, and Friends of Page-Walker. 

Board Committees (Athletics, Cultural Arts and Greenways) - Collaborated, as necessary, with the three committees regarding current issues and initiatives. Met jointly twice during 2011/2012 to provide input into the PRCR Master Plan.

  • The Athletics Committee provided input into initial planning of the Athletic Division project to analyze geographic-based programming opportunities, volunteered at youth baseball, softball, and basketball team placements, planning and administration of Cary Road Race, and conducted youth coach evaluations.
  • The Cultural Arts Committee provided continued feedback and input on operations at Cary Art Center including staff evaluation of resident groups; recommended funding in the amount of $141,000 for cultural groups; and evaluated findings from the Economic Impact study.
  • The Greenways Committee - Greenways showed up as citizens’ #1 requested resource in Master Plan surveys, and the Greenways Committee has worked diligently to guide their growth and Connectivity.  Over a dozen volunteers counted users on all of our greenways, adding to an enormous body of user data.

Scholarship Program – The Board was a strong and enthusiastic supporter of the Relief for Recreation Scholarship Program.  The Board identified opportunities for fundraising and actively tracked donations for funding the program. In FY2012, the Scholarship Program served 46 families and 69 participants.  Scholarship revenues increased by approximately $3,000 to $17,626.

Ongoing Input - Provided ongoing input and guidance on issues relating to open space protection, historical preservation and environmental sustainability and communicate our goals to other Town committees.

Collaboration - Worked collaboratively, as needed, with other Town appointed Boards and Commissions on those issues related to the mission of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

Downtown - What’s Downtown?  A new series of performances and events which were shaped with the feedback and input of our Cultural Arts Committee, which is also performing the same role as The Cary theatre project carries on to its completion this year.