"Berkeley Capital Trust"
PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING Agenda Monday, March 23, 2009 at 7:00 P.M. North Berkeley Senior Center 1901 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 MISSION STATEMENT The Parks and Recreation Commission reviews policies and programs related to recreation, parks, camps, public greenery and open spaces. COMMISSION MEMBERS Mayor - Federico Chavez District 3 - Vacant District 6 - Megan Riera District 1 - Yolanda Huang District 4 - Vacant District 7 - Lisa Stephens District 2 - Robert Collier District 5 - Pam Gray District 8 - Joe Gross Vice-Chairperson Chairperson The Parks and Recreation Commission packet is available for review at both the Berkeley Main Library, and the Parks Recreation & Waterfront Department Office at 2180 Milvia Street –3rd Floor, during their normal business hours. If you have questions call Commission Secretary, Virginia Aiello at 981-5158 or by email at email@example.com The meeting place is handicapped accessible. Attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various odors, whether natural or manufactured, in products and materials. Please help the City respect these needs. COMMUNICATION ACCESS INFORMATION: To request a meeting agenda in large print, Braille, or on cassette, or to request a sign language interpreter for the meeting, call 981-5158 or 981-6903 (TDD) at least five (5) working days prior to the meeting to insure availability. Preliminary Matters 1. CALL TO ORDER The Chairperson will call the meeting to order and the Secretary will call roll. 2. ANNOUNCEMENTS a. Introduction: Megan Riera, new Parks & Recreation Commissioner 3. PUBLIC COMMENT 4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA 5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES* February 23, 2009 This meeting is being held in a wheelchair accessible location. To request disability-related accommodations to participate in the meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact the Disability Services specialist at 981-6346 (V) or 981-7075 (TDD) at least three business days before the meeting date. Please refrain from wearing scented products to this meeting. PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION March 23, 2009 CHAIRPERSON'S COMMENTS Information Items Please Note: The Commission may take action on any of the information items noted below. 7. PRESENTATIONS: TEENS, SPORTS & SKATE PARK PROGRAMS a. Ginsi Bryant, Asst. Recreation Coordinator will present information on the Teen Program. b. Harold Bennett, Sports Coordinator will present information on the Sports Program; Sean McLoughlin, Recreation Activity Leader, will present information on the Skate Park. 8. BAY FRIENDLY LANDSCAPE SCORECARD* Sue Ferrera, Parks Superintendent, and Deborah Chernin, Principal Park Planner, have included an information report on an upcoming report to adopt the Bay Friendly Landscape Scorecard principles proposed by Bay Friendly.org. 9. OFF-LEASH DOG USE AT GREAT STONEFACE PARK* A report from William Rogers, Director, describes the result of staff research on off-leash dog use at Great Stoneface Park. 10. CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT UPDATE* Deborah Chernin, Principal Planner, has provided a status report. 11. GILMAN STREET* Deborah Chernin, Principal Planner, has provided a status report. Action Items 12. MEASURE WW PUBLIC PROCESS* The City must conduct a public process to evaluate and determine the appropriate parks improvement projects that will be funded by the Measure WW funds. Action: Approving the public process for identifying community priorities for the use of Measure WW funding, as outlined by staff; and the Commission create a subcommittee or name a Commissioner as the primary point of contact for working with staff on this process. 13. AMPLIFIED SOUND PERMIT FOR FREE OPERA IN THE PARK Ellen St. Thomas, Organizer for the Free Opera in the Park Event at Live Oak Park and John Hinkel Park (scheduled in May and July, respectively) is seeking approval for an amplified sound permit for an electric piano for the John Hinkel event. Ms. St. Thomas will provide the Commission with an overview of the event and discuss how she will proactively address any neighborhood impact questions or concerns (including sound, parking, and other issues). Eric Brenman, Special Events Coordinator/Senior Management Analyst will also be on hand to brief the Commission on the request, include discussion of any conditions surrounding the request. Action: Approving amplified sound permit for Free Opera In the Park event at John Hinkel Park. PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION March 23, 2009 14. INTERPRETIVE SIGN DONATIONS* Susan Schwartz, Friends of Five Creeks, would like to donate three interpretive signs, valued at approximately $1100, to the City of Berkeley. A report has been included for the Commission’s review and Ms. Schwartz will also be on hand to answer any questions. Action: Accepting a donation of three interpretive signs from Susan Schwartz with the conditions that City staff: 1) approve sign language before request is forwarded to Council; 2) selects sign locations; 3) installs signs; 4) has no maintenance or repair responsibility for signs; and 5) removes signs if graffiti becomes an issue or they become unsafe. 15. LIST OF STREET TREES SUITABLE FOR PLANTING* This item was originally submitted for the February meeting and deferred to March. The City Council referred a request to propose a list of street trees suitable for planting that will not grow up into the PG&E lines to prevent mutilation and hideous pruning of Berkeley street trees. Sue Ferrera, Parks Superintendent, has provided a report for the Commission. Action: Approving guideline of approved street trees for planting under power lines and staff’s professional expertise to determine when planting other tree species is appropriate. 16. POOLS MASTER PLAN* The Commissioners discussed the possibility of taking action on the Master Plan options during this meeting. Included in this packet are a Pools Task Force Status Update and several proposals from Commissioner Huang; and a proposal from Commissioner Collier. The March 14, 2009 Task Force recommendations have also been included in the packet. Action: Considering options to the Pools Master Plan Task Force Recommendations. Other 17. DIRECTOR’S REPORT a. Parks Report o Land Trust b. Recreation Report 18. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS a. Camps Master Plan Subcommittee (1/26/09-06/27/09) b. Capital Improvement Budget Subcommittee (1/26/09-6/27/09) 19. CORRESPONDENCE a. 2/23/09 email from Pamela Bennett re: Berkeley Pool Renovation b. 2/24/09 email from Charles Altekruse re: Follow-up Commission Pool Discussion 20. UPCOMING AGENDA ITEMS a. Presentation: Frances Albrier (April) b. Park Hours of Operation (May) c. Tree Policy Adjournment