The Sports Dome Study Work Group met for the fourth time on 9/29. It was a great meeting. City Manager Scott Neal came to talk with us again about the scope of our facility inventory and the scope of our “needs and desires” survey. He provided a lot of clarity and direction.
We were then able to adopt a mission statement for our Sports Dome Study Work Group. That page is now part of the navigation menu for this blog site, under the About page but I’m including it in this blog post, too. Let me know if you have questions or comments about it.
Continue reading Sports Dome Study Work Group mission statement
Sports Dome Study Work Group member David Deeds and I have been working together to prepare an Indoor Athletic Facility Interest and Facility Use Survey. We got some great feedback from the rest of the Work Group last Thursday (9/29) and we’re currently making our final revisions.
Next week this survey will be emailed to all current user groups of Edina field space. We also hope to survey some potential dome users from surrounding communities who don’t have domes or other large indoor athletic facilities in their communities.
The response to this survey is a critical piece that will help the Work Group to determine if there is a need, desire and potential revenue to support an indoor athletic facility in Edina.
I’ll post the survey here when it’s finished.
The Sports Dome Work Group minutes and agendas are now online on the City of Edina’s site. There you will find the most recent agenda as well as the minutes from our previous meetings.
Minutes will be posted to that site after they have been approved by the Work Group at their next meeting, so please expect approximately a 2 week delay for the most recent minutes to be posted. We’re meeting every two weeks and have a lot of work to do in a short period of time!
I’ll also alert you when the official minutes are available with a blog post here. As of today, the archives contain minutes for:
In 2006, the Edina Park and Recreation Department hired a consulting firm to conduct a survey to learn how the community feels about current and proposed park and recreation facilities and services. More than 500 random Edina households were surveyed.
Here are 4 pages of the survey (PDF) that related most directly to indoor recreation facilities and walking trails.
I’m Ann Kattreh, manager of Edina’s Edinborough Park, and I’m the lead staff person on the new Sports Dome Study Work Group.
City Manager Scott Neal attended our second meeting to give us a little clarification of our mission and to introduce us to our new blog site.
At their first meeting (8-18-11), Park Board members requested a web site to provide a transparent view of the processes they are utilizing, the steps they are taking and the information they are collecting to make educated and informed decisions about the need, feasibility and possible location for an indoor athletic facility.
This Indoor Athletic Facility blog site will work great for communicating valuable information. The Park Board has been given a big challenge and a relatively short amount of time to make some important recommendations.
Watch this site for information and updates. (You can also keep updated by following Edina Citizen Engagement on Twitter, subscribing to the weekly e-newsletter, or subscribing to this blog’s RSS feed.)
And don’t hesitate to comment and ask questions.
At their Aug. 9 meeting (agenda), the Edina Park Board approved the creation of a study committee to both conduct A) a public recreation facility inventory, and B) a feasibility study for a sports dome/indoor athletic facility. The committee members are Joseph Hulbert, Todd Fronek, Ellen Jones, David Deeds, Susan Jacobson.
John Keprios, Park and Recreation Director, has appointed Ann Kattreh, manager of Edinborough Park, as the lead staff person on the committee. He and Ed MacHolda, Assistant Director, will serve as resources.
See the video clip of the Sports Dome Study Committee discussion at the Aug. 9 Park Board meeting (approx. 5 minutes).