2008-08-20 / News

Parks & Recreation Plans Scholarship Program

The Archbold Parks and Recreation Department is looking into a scholarship program to assist families with the cost of participation in some programs.

"With the economy the way it is, lots of people are struggling. We're afraid one of the first things that will get cut will be participation in our programs," said Jennifer Kidder, Archbold Parks and Rec director.

"We want to afford kids the opportunity," she said.

Park Board members discussed the scholarship program during their Tuesday, Aug. 12 meeting.

Money from the scholarship program will go to help parents pay costs of some of the board's more expensive programs, such as tennis camp or traveling soccer. Also, the program could pick up the cost of family passes for the Archbold Swimming Pool.

As an example, Kidder said the player fee for the traveling soccer program is $82, plus the cost of uniforms.

"If you compare that with the cost of some other traveling teams, that's cheap," she said.

But, it's much more expensive than a regular $5 parks and rec program, "and if you have more than one child, it starts to add up," she said.

Park Board has "already been subsidizing quite a bit," but the scholarship program would allow them to do more, she said.

Kidder said she's researching what paperwork must be filed with the State of Ohio to establish the scholarship.

Those who wish to contribute to the scholarship fund can send checks to the Park Board. Scholarship money will be deposited into a separate account that has not yet been established.

"People can go ahead and send checks, but it might be a while before we cash them," Kidder said.

A committee, made up of Kidder, a member of park board, and hopefully, a member of Archbold Village Council, will determine who receives scholarships.

"We'd like to get council involved in this," she said.

"It's important, even in these economic times, that kids still be able to participate," she said.

Wall

Park Board members agreed to allow Chandler Tinsman, 15, Archbold, to construct a kicking wall in Woodland Park.

The wall will be made of concrete blocks, and will be eight feet tall by 24 feet long. Soccer players will use the wall to practice their kicks.

Tinsman is doing the project as his community service for his Boy Scout Eagle rank. The project still must be approved by the Black Swamp Regional Scouting Council.

Kidder said Tinsman hopes to have the project completed by this fall.

Fireworks

Kidder said Park Board also discussed incorporating fireworks into next year's Carp Festival. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the festival.

Once again, the fireworks will be funded by donations. She said cans will be placed at local businesses to collect money.

Board members also discussed the Chautauqua program planned for next summer, along with Carp Fest.

No definite dates have been set.

Park Board next meets Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7 pm in Archbold Village Council chambers.- David Pugh

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