Park and Recreation Board


The Ellettsville Parks and Recreation Board met on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at the Ellettsville Town Hall.


Members present were Darlyne Sowder, President, Art Moynihan, Secretary, and L. D. Axsom.


Regrets: Edwin Macatangay, Patrick Stoffers


Guests: David Sorokoty - Town Board President, Chuck Stephenson – Monroe County Parks & Recreation, Judy Morran – Ellettsville Elementary School, Susan DeMoss – Ellettsville Elementary School


Darlyne Sowder, President, called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.




Minutes of the January 8, 2002 were not available and will be acted upon at a subsequent meeting.


Public Comments




Old Business


Well Site Woodland Park

The Board heard comments from Dave Sorokoty, Chuck Stephenson, Judy Morran and Susan DeMoss as to their thoughts for development of the Well Site Woodland Park. Dave introduced the guests and stated that he believes we can establish community support for the park. Judy and Susan commented that historically, the elementary school students have used Turtleback Creek for various inquiry-based learning projects (i.e. water quality testing). Due to the relocation of the elementary school, travel to Turtleback Creek will not be possible, and the teachers believe that the Well Site would be an excellent natural laboratory in close proximity to the school that could expand educational opportunities for students. Chuck related that it is unusual to find a natural setting in good proximity to the schools and town and believes that we have a great opportunity to develop this site into a nature park. If property was made available by landowners, Chuck envisions that it is possible to create a trail from the Well Site to Flatwoods (approximately a mile and a half) that could be used to connect the parks. Chuck suggests that the Ellettsville Parks Board create a Master Plan and then divide it into phases of development. The Parks Board agreed to a special meeting on Sunday, February 10th at 2:00pm, weather permitting, to tour the Well Site land.


Skate Park

Dave Sorokoty shared with the Board his concern that the Skate Park needs insurance that will cover the skaters who use the skate park. He believes that it is not appropriate to expect Town of Ellettsville citizens to have this type of exposure or to absorb the expense of appropriate insurance and believes the group initiating the Skate Park should take responsibility to fund the insurance. Dave cited the example of the Youth League who uses various participant fees and fund-raisers to make certain appropriate liability insurance is purchased for their programs.  It has been the position of the town counsel, Mike Spencer, that despite legislation enacted to limit liability for extreme sports facilities provided by a local entity, insurance, which includes coverage for participants, should be purchased. Darlyne related that the Parks Board knew last year's insurance policy did not cover the participants, and that is why the Board was careful to secure appropriate release forms from participants and/or their guardians. As well, volunteers supervised the skate park during open hours and Jim Ragle was asked to monitor the safe condition of the ramps and other equipment in the skate park. To the Board’s knowledge, there are no skate parks in operation that have been able to find an insurer to cover the participants under a broad-based liability insurance policy. We continue to hold Build Indiana funds that are earmarked for the capital expansion of the skate park. Some of those funds might be used to secure insurance, but it would be necessary to relate the situation to Rep. Peggy Welch so that they could be properly released for this purpose. The Board senses, and Dave agrees, that this would only provide a temporary solution. With these thoughts in mind, the Board agreed to solicit liability insurance quotations from agents to determine if it is possible to secure such coverage and at what cost. Darlyne and Art agreed to take responsibility to pursue this coverage and will report to the Board at its next meeting.




-Special meeting of the Parks Board will be 2:00pm, Sunday, February 10, 2002 at Well Site for a tour.


-The next meeting of the Parks Board will be 7:00pm, Tuesday, March 5, 2002 at the Town Hall.




Art Moynihan made a motion to adjourn the meeting. L. D. Axsom seconded the motion. Motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 9:10pm.



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Darlyne Sowder, President                               Edwin Macatangay, Vice President



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L. D Axsom                                                     Patrick Stoffers




Art Moynihan, Secretary