La Jolla Recreation Center Advisory Group Pursues New Weight Room Floor and Fees and New Game Room

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The La Jolla Community Recreation Group, the La Jolla Recreation Center Advisory Board, is seeking a new floor for the center’s weight room, as well as higher weight room fees and a new game room for children. teenagers.

Recreation center manager Nicholas Volpe asked the CRG during his virtual meeting last week to help fund new flooring for the weight room following a discussion at the January meetingduring which Volpe said the floor had deteriorated and needed to be replaced.

He said Feb. 23 that the new floor would cost about $8,270 and asked the CRG to forward a request to the Friends of La Jolla Recreation Center, a nonprofit group created to support the center.

CRG chair Mary Coakley Munk said the Friends board had indicated they wanted CRG to intervene on funding requests before Friends considered them.

Volpe said the San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation would remove the workout equipment, remove the old flooring, and prepare it for new flooring.

“It’s a safety issue,” Coakley Munk said. “And the city should deal with it and not ask Friends to deal with it.”

During the January discussion, CRG member Jan Harris noted that the recreation center had reported about $30,000 of cash remaining the previous October.

Harris proposed last week that the CRG recommend that the money for the new flooring come from the Rec Center’s fund balance. However, the motion did not receive a second.

Board member Alan Dulgeroff said he was “a big supporter of the recreation center keeping its funds for emergency use”. He added that the cost of the flooring would be a big chunk of the remaining money.

For fiscal 2022, which ends June 30, the Rec Center was expected to bring in $26,534, but to date has only brought in $10,033, leaving about $16,500 up for grabs in just four months. , Volpe said.

The shortfall is due to fewer classes and events being held at the recreation center due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.

Dulgeroff proposed that the ground money request be referred to the Friends of La Jolla Recreation Center for consideration. The motion passed with Harris opposed, and Coakley Munk usually abstained as chair.

Weight room fees

Volpe also offered to raise the Rec Center’s weight room fee sharply. The daily rate would go from $5.15 to $12; a monthly pass would go from $10.30 to $20; and an annual pass would drop from $92.70 to $160.

Volpe said the fee funds other recreation center programs and is currently well below rates at area gyms.

After a brief discussion, the CRG decided to allow Volpe to adjust the fees if he deemed it necessary.

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The La Jolla Community Recreation Group meets on February 23.

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Game room: Volpe asked the CRG to approve $3,500 to establish a game room at the Rec Center.

The money would come from the center’s fund and cover furniture, a television, a gaming system and board games, he said.

Volpe said the playroom is necessary to provide teens with a space where they “don’t feel in everyone’s way and also take them away from any activity that shouldn’t be happening at the rec center.”

For several days, he said, 40 to 50 teenagers congregate at the rec center, usually at the basketball courts. He said he would like to provide a place “where they can spend their quality time and have guided activities.”

“Building that rapport and that relationship and giving them that place to hang out is vital,” Volpe added.

A motion by Harris to move forward with the development of a teen playroom passed unopposed.

New courses: Volpe said recreation center staff member Brittany Mitchell launched a new art class and cooking class for kids under 12.

The center’s assistant director, Quinlan Olds, is looking to start a cooking class on Wednesdays for participants ages 12 and up, Volpe said.

Shortage of staff: Rosalia Castruita, regional manager for the San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, said Volpe has three employees, while recreation centers typically operate with six or seven.

“It’s a challenge, but he’s still working on it,” Castruita said.

The shortage is similar to other recreation centers in the area, but it may soon diminish as the department seeks to interview and screen staff “based on community needs,” Castruita said.

Volpe and the other recreation center employees “do a great job with the resources they have and they always want to promote special programs and events,” she said. ◆

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