Rec commission: Organizations should give documentation prior to facility usage

Just who is using the city-owned recreational facilities has become a problem that city recreation commission wants to nip in the bud, according to officials.

Earlier this week, the commission recommended that City Council require any organization, team or group that would like to rent or use facilities, such as parks or tennis courts, to provide proof of insurance liability and a schedule of usage ahead of time.

Councilwoman Bonnie Katz, who is the adviser from council on commission matters, explained the reasoning behind the suggested action.

“The recreation department is back in city management hands and, being city-owned, it’s our property, so we have to make sure whoever uses the facilities uses them correctly,” she said.

The documentation also is meant to prevent confusion.

“Say there are two functions happening simultaneously … it will alleviate that problem,” Katz said, describing how that often happens with requests by Little League teams to use fields.

“It’s our responsibility to make sure things are taken care of properly and it goes smoothly, so we have to have things down in writing.”

Other action taken included:

Scheduling a meeting with the Williamsport Area Little League organization, which has requested use of fields at Brandon Park for practice but did not provide proper documentation, according to Justin Simpson, city recreation director.

Provided a positive recommendation for council to approve use of Bowman Field for the Hughesville High School junior varsity and varsity baseball teams on May 17 and use of Bowman Field for the Williamsport Crosscutters’ annual yard sale (date not specified).

Recommended council approve use of tennis courts and baseball fields at Brandon Park for St. John’s Neumann Regional Academy and use of the football/soccer field at Shaw Place Park for the school.