Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Does Clio Need a Park and Recreation Director

What do you think? The Youth Sports Complex, like the Clio Amphitheater, is an underutilized resource in our community.  Underutilized as in "community use"  or as in "economic development."

While at the Family Fun Day at the Youth Sports Complex last week, I talked to several of the volunteers who are doing such a fine job out there; and I discovered that the complex is so unusually nice that other teams from other parts of the state enjoy coming to Clio!  Turns out that the Flint Convention and Vistors Bureau wants to be able to market our complex across the state - bring people and their families (and their dollars) to Clio.  I'm told that a weekend of games out there can make money for the complex - as much as $10,000 in a weekend - if we had a leader to organize the games.  In other words, a person acting as a tournament director could add several tournaments a month to our not-so-busy schedule.

At the same time, I know that adults and youth in our area are looking for someone to organize more softball teams, or winter hockey teams, or fall girls football teams, etc.  Would a recreation director, either full or part time, work for us?

How might we fund that position?  Could the Clio Park and Recreation Board help?  Let's talk.

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