Harry Thomas Sr. Rec Center 2012 Assessment II
By I.S. & H.Y.
Communication is KEY;
next best word to Love.
” Kinard (HTSr Rec Center Staff)
Introduction This report documents the results of a meeting between the authors,
ard (HTSr Rec CenterStaff), and Greg Poag (DPR Ward 5 Manager), held on October 2, 2012, at Harry Thomas Sr. Rec Center. The discussion focused on three main topics: challenges, successes, and vision for Harry Thomas Sr RecreationCenter. Challenges involve all topics that affect the functionality of the venue and the usability of the facility. Successes involve
all topics that have proven to attract users and improve their quality of life. Vision encompasses the staff’s view of what w
ouldmake this Recreation Center an ideal venue to serve neighbors.For clarity the issues discussed were organized under the following groups: communication; building infrastructureand equipment; rules and regulations; and activities and programs. However, by reading the whole document it is evident thatall topics are interconnected and need to be addressed as an integrated system of facilities, coordination, and communication.Challenges
Coordination to promote activities in the center via print and digital media requiressignificant improvement. Minimal information is available online, and DPR distributedan insufficient supply of program books to maintain a stock onsite for visitors toconsult. The Rec Center staff currently lacks channels of digital communication with thecommunity.Flyer production is insufficient to reach the full breadth of the target audience in thecommunity.
Building, infrastructure andequipment
Access is an issue. Adjacent neighbors and organizations often disagree with MPD asto whether the gate to the practice field facility should remain open or closed beyondthe posted hours of operation.Capital improvements are needed.Playground equipment needs to be upgraded and made more aesthetically pleasant. Visibility of outdoor play areas is a problem.Bench spaces on the grounds would make it more welcoming to parents and caregivers