Archbold, OH

Park Board Talks About Concession Trailer

Archbold Park Board discussed purchasing a concession trailer for use in village parks at its Wednesday, April 13 meeting.

But board members and Jennifer Kidder, director of Archbold Parks & Recreation, couldn’t agree on what such a trailer could or should cost.

Vaughn Bentz, board member and member of Archbold Village Council, said he had seen “nice, new” concession trailers advertised for around $8,000.

But Kidder said the price she’d seen was $41,000.

Bentz said if a concession trailer could be purchased for under $10,000, it would be a good investment.

Kevin Morton, a member of both park board and council, said he believed the payback on a concession trailer would be “pretty quick.”

Jennifer Hurst, a board member, said a concession trailer would provide the advantage of mobility. It could be towed to the Ruihley Park baseball diamond for games there, or to the pool for activities there.

Kidder said if the trailer could only sell pre-packaged items, such as candy and soft drinks, Park Board wouldn’t make much money. The profit margin for food items such as hot dogs and popcorn is higher, but requirements to sell those items are more stringent.

“I think it’s doable,” Bentz said. Scoreboard

Kidder said the new scoreboard for the Memorial Park baseball diamond hasn’t been installed because the ground is too soft for the heavy equipment needed.

“I’m shooting for May 1,” Kidder said.

A large crane is needed to lift the board onto mounting poles.

Kidder said the Archbold swimming pool is ready to open. The drains have been repaired, and will be painted in time for the opening.

To open the pool this year, Kidder said all that has to be done is “turn on the spigot.”

Kidder also presented the latest wage classification information to the board. She told them she hopes to hire one more employee for softball.

She said lifeguard classes will be offered at the pool this year. Kidder said offering the class locally will be less expensive, and classes will be smaller.

Lifeguards will also be offered instruction on how to give private swimming lessons.

Crushed Brick

Morton asked about a pile of crushed brick that was left in a parking lot at Memorial Park.

Kidder said the material will be used on the baseball and softball diamonds at the park.

Andrea Thiel, a board member, asked about the batting cages at Memorial Park.

The cages are in “really bad shape,” and holes in the netting are dangerous, she said.

Kidder said there had been talk about re-doing the cages next year, but Thiel said the cages are in sad shape.

Bentz asked about purchasing used playground equipment for some of the smaller parks in the village.

He also asked about putting in playground equipment for residents of East Gardens, but Kidder said the company that owns the complex was not interested.

She admitted she enjoys designing and building playgrounds.

Another possibility that was discussed was a “fitness trail” around the perimeter of Woodland Park. Various exercise stations would be established around the perimeter sidewalk.

No decision was made on such a project.

Executive Session

Park Board went into executive session at the end of the meeting. Stated reason for the closed-door session was real estate matters.

Kidder said the board stayed in executive session for about 10 minutes.

She said Park Board will bring a recommendation to Archbold Village Council, but declined to release any details.

The next meeting is Wednesday, May 18, 8 pm, in council chambers.–David Pugh

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