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Organizations come together for 'Bark for Life'

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ten-year-old Devin Allen wades through the Forest Park Pool Thursday. Allen is the son of Jeremy and Nikki Allen, Harmony. The Forest Park Pool will officially close for the season Monday. [Order this photo]
Brazil Parks Board, Relay for Life and the Clay County Humane Society (CCHS) are uniting for a cause by bringing the "Bark for Life" to Forest Park.

Board members met with Relay for Life representative Carrol Evans during Tuesday evening's meeting to set a date for Relay for Life's "Bark for Life" event.

During the event, community members and others can bring their pets to walk around the park track to raise money and awareness concerning various human cancers.

Carrol Evans
"People going through cancer treatments and struggling with the disease often find comfort from their pets," Evans told those in attendance. "Many can cry with their pets and grieve to their pets when they can't grieve with other people."

The "Bark for Life" is scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., with registration beginning at 10:30 a.m.

"Last year, we had 23 dogs and no problems," Evans said. "The first pet is $10, and it's $5 for every pet after."

Participants who do not own a pet can rent a dog to walk with for $10. All the pet rental proceeds go to Relay for Life.

However, if individuals decide to adopt the rented pets the adoption proceeds will go to CCHS.

"We'd like to see people come out and enjoy the day," Evans told The Brazil Times. "However, owners are responsible for pet clean up."

Evans also approached board members about hosting the Relay for Life in the park.

"We've had the relay at both Northview and the YMCA," she said. "We really enjoy doing it at the Y, but we're kind of out growing it. Last year, we had 28 teams, and our goal is to have 33 next year."

Ruthann Jeffries
Board members discussed scheduling the relay for Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, 2012.

Event set up would begin at noon, with the relay starting at 2 p.m. and carrying over until 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Ultimately, the issue was tabled for next month's meeting to allow Evans and board members to collect more information regarding security and safety concerns, considering it is an overnight event.

"We don't have anything against the event, and we're more than happy to help," board Secretary Caroline McCullough said. "We just need more information and time for planning."

Meanwhile, board members announced their annual Fishing Fun Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, in Craig Park.

"It's for children up to age 12. It's not competitive. We just want kids to come with their parents and fish," Park Board President Ruthann Jeffries said.

Fishing festivities will begin at 9 a.m., with registration closing at 9:30.

"All the kids who come get a prize, but in the past, we've had people show up while we were handing out prizes," Jeffries told those in attendance. "We are cutting off registration at 9:30, so that doesn't continue to be a problem."

Board members plan to have their "buy day" Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.

During this time, the board will meet at local stores to purchase gifts for participating children.

"We want to purchase at least eight bicycles and many more prizes too," Jeffries said.

Those wishing to donate funds to the park board to assist with bicycle and prize purchasing can contact Jeffries at (812) 236-9172.

"Previously, we've asked politicians and others to donate, and it would be great to have volunteer donors," she added.

During the meeting, there was also lots of talk concerning the park pool.

With school starting back Aug. 16, the last the pool will be open to the general public is Monday, Aug. 15. However, the pool will also be open Aug. 20-21 for pool parties.

In addition, board members say pool attendance isn't what it used to be.

"Crowd sizes have just been pitiful this year. It used to be, during the summer, the pool was the place to go," Jeffries said. "Moms would bring their kids to the pool everyday, but now they have to work and sports teams go year-round. They are not home like they used to be."

Board members said there have been many days they've decided to close the pool early as a result of low attendance.

Jeffries suggested the board consider sending two lifeguards home and closing off the slide if there are less than 20 people swimming at 2 p.m. to avoid having to completely close the pool.

"Because of the temperatures, the water is too hot and people haven't even wanted to get in the pool," Park Superintendent Bill Houck said.

Jeffries said they've also had trouble staffing the pool.

"There are issues we need to rethink for next year. We've lost 4 life guards this past week," Jeffries explained. "One went back to school, one went to Indy to house sit and is making a lot more money house sitting than she would by working at the pool, and I think we should consider giving the lifeguards some extra incentive to stay on."

Jeffries added the board may consider offering a raise to the lifeguards and to be more competitive with other employers.

Currently, senior lifeguards are paid $7.50 per hour, while junior lifeguards are paid $7.40.

"When McDonald's is paying $7.25 an hour, our rates aren't very competitive with the fast-food restaurants," board member Linda Messmer said.

Houck replied, "When these kids apply to be lifeguards, they already know what they are getting paid and how much people working at the restaurants are getting paid."

Board members also discussed plans for several renovations in and around the pool area.

Houck told those in attendance he received estimates for the mandatory lift needing to be installed to make the pool compliant to American Disabilities Act standards.

The estimates ranged in price between $6-8,000. "The lift is both manually and hydraulically powered," Houck said. "They could use it to lower themselves the into pool."

Plans are also underway to touch up the paint at the bottom of the pool as preventative maintenance.

"The paint is chipping because of the sweeper we use and kids picking at the paint," Jeffries said. "We are doing this to prevent further deterioration of the paint."

Park employees have also improved the landscaping in front of the pool house.

"The landscaping had gotten a little out of control because of bees nesting in the wood. We thought it was unsightly and unsafe, so we pulled them out and redid the front landscaping," Jeffries told The Brazil Times.

Board members considered repairing the sidewalk between the tennis courts and the pool, but decided to table the issue after receiving an $8,000 estimate.

"We don't consider it dangerous and plan to consider other options in the future," Jeffries said.

In other park board news:

* Park employees installed new tennis nets,

* Board members voted to purchase a yard sweeper to pick up debris from the gumball trees,

* They discussed having the tree stumps removed, however, the budget only allows for $800 and they need $1,500 to remove 23 of the 30 stumps,

* Park employees installed new baby and strap swings, and board members voted to order three more baby swings ($150 each) and 4 more strap swings ($48 each), and

* Board members thanked park patron John Hayes, Messmer, community service worker Sarah and others who helped pull weeds in the playground area.

"We can't use pesticides in the playground areas," Jeffries said, "and we've had a lack of community service workers, so we really appreciate these people lending a hand."

The Brazil Parks Board meets the second Tuesday of each month in Brazil City Hall at 7 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 13 and is open to the public.

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The entire park needs a face lift. the pool 12-4pm all other pools in the area ,G'castle, terre haute stay open until @ least 5pm, the pools slide , please close it, Junk! paint, clean, the entire park.

I know get rid of the park personnel, it seems they just want a title in Brazil. Security in the park never seen it. rules but no one to enforce them.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 8:29 PM

Oct 18 is not a Saturday. What day is it really?

-- Posted by Bruther on Thu, Aug 11, 2011, at 11:01 PM

I grew up in Brazil & now am a Master Gardener in Maryland .

Sounds like the park would be a good project for the Clay County Master Gardeners , Scouts , etc in the area to help with .

This is everyone's park , a beautiful place you are very lucky to have .

-- Posted by Schatsie on Fri, Aug 12, 2011, at 9:15 AM

Brazil is very lucky to have its park and especially the pool.I also agree the hrs could be a bit longer by an hr.or two but no one should knock our pool and if you went to Deming Park pool in Terre Haute then you'd see a disgrace of a pool,I went last week and boy are we lucky here in Brazil.For a small town I think we do pretty good for ourselves especially in this economy and trying to come up with funds for any projects is hard to do.We have a nice park weather some appreciate it or not,thanks to park board and volunteers that keep it going.We (my grandchildren and I) enjoy it very much.

-- Posted by clycogrl on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 10:46 AM

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