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Recreation district to try spring youth soccer program (Audio & video included)

The Bellefontaine Joint Recreation District Board of Trustees took part in a discussion Tuesday evening to try a spring youth soccer program.

Bellefontaine City Youth Soccer President Tammy Elkins explained the new program. The recreation board decided to offer a trial program this year to get a feel for how the community would respond. The trial program will be offered on six Saturday afternoons in April and May. The trial will be conducted in a clinic-like atmosphere and participants could be divided into teams for some game opportunities. Once the recreation board gets a feel for community support of a spring youth soccer program, they will make further decisions on the program’s future.

Superintendent Kris Myers reported that Bellefontaine will be hosting the Tri-County 5th and 6th Grade Boys Basketball League Tournament on February 23rd and 24th. Bellefontaine is expected to host 38 basketball teams. Games will be played at the middle school and at both gyms in the high school.

In preparation of Registration Day on March 2nd, the recreation district has been working on a brochure. The district will distribute the brochures to Bellefontaine City Schools, Calvary Christian, and the pre-schools in Bellefontaine to educate families about the district’s programs.

The tennis program is receiving a change from previous years. The program will include team tennis and a camp. Team tennis will allow for a team league.

The recreation district will be bringing back Arts in the Park on Thursdays from June 20th to August 15th. The program will be offered at Mary Rutan Park and costs $15 to participate.

Myers comments on the meeting’s highlights.

The fence repair at the baseball field in Blue Jacket Park is expected to be completed by the beginning of March.

The district will be replacing the chemical controller and cleaner at the pool. The chemical controller is expected to cost around $3,000 and the pool cleaner cost approximately $5,000.

The recreation board also approved a health department sponsored 5K walk/run at Southview Park on April 20th at 9 am and sent a letter of support for the Tri-Moraine Audubon Society to pursue a Clean Ohio Fund Grant for Camp Myeerah on State Route 540 in Jefferson Township.

The Bellefontaine Joint Recreation Board of Trustees will meet again on March 5th at 7 pm in Bellefontaine Council Chambers.

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Watch Myers speak about the basketball program.

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