Archive for Thursday, March 15, 2001

Full schedule for DeSoto Parks and Recreation

March 15, 2001

The DeSoto Parks and Recreation Commission approved a schedule of user fees for baseball teams not in the DeSoto Youth Baseball Association.

At a park board meeting Monday, the board and team coaches agreed to a fee schedule. DeSoto-based teams, defined as those that are based within the DeSoto High School boundary, will be charged $100 a season to practice on city fields. Those based east of Mize Road or out of the district will pay $200 for the annual fee.

The drawing for practice times on the ballfields and the DeSoto Youth Baseball Association league draft will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at the DeSoto Scout House.

The park board recommended the city council accept a low bid from Apex Fence of Lawrence to fence the T-ball field at Miller Park.

The DeSoto Youth Baseball Association and the park commission will split the fence's cost. As part of the arrangement, the city will forgive the association's 2001 user fee. The park commission's share will come from savings it realized when Johnson County agreed to help with the expense of paving Miller Park pathways.

In other action, the park board:

Scheduled two fund-raisers. The first will be a donkey basketball game at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, at the DeSoto Community Center. Park Director Jason Garvin said he hopes to have four teams compete in the event.

The second fund-raiser will be a golf tournament that will tee off at 7:30 a.m. May 5 at the Oak Country Golf Course in DeSoto. For information on either of these events, call Garvin at (913) 208-5962.

Scheduled free-time basketball for school-age children from 3:30 p.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Community Center starting March 19. The pick-up games will be monitored by adults and rules of behavior will be posted.

There will be adult free-time available from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, Garvin said. There is no fee, but the city is asking for a $1 donation from adults.

Scheduled a volleyball clinic starting Saturday, March 31 and continuing through May 12 at the Community Center. There will be no clinic May 5 because of the Cinco de Mayo Festival. The clinics will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., but Garvin said an afternoon class would be added if enrollment exceeded expectations.

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