City to seek bids for gym floor

By Mary O. Esparza -

The Altus Recreation Advisory Committee or ARAC gathered Monday afternoon for their regularly scheduled meeting.

Theresa Jameson gave a report and update on Missile Park continuing projects.

The LED lights are still being worked on with the help of the city Electrical Department, the 633 feet of chain-link fence and new gates are finished. She said the landscaping looks nice and the intercom is working well. Jameson also reported that two portable pitching mounds had been ordered. Jameson said that additional labor and staff would be needed for the future sports programs.

Freddy Perez, golf manager and cemetery supervisor, praised Jameson on the hard work she has done with the makeover and improvements to Missile Park. The loss of the labor previously provided by the Department of Corrections inmates will affect both of his departments and the city Parks and Recreation Department.

Ideas were discussed about using drug court students to help with some areas as a part of restitution.

“How can we as a board help out and try to lessen the load on the limited staff?” asked board chair Candace Willingham.

Board member Tatum Gallagher gave a full report on ARAC’s financial request from the Economic Development Corporation’s tourism money to help fund a new gym floor and felt positive in receiving funding.

Bids for flooring will go out and Gallagher was told to work with Linda Mutchler on the bid process.

At the end of June, girls city league basketball enrollments will start and the season will start in September.

Flag football for three- and four-year-olds will be added to the sports program and Jameson is working with volunteers, coaches and parents to help build up the program.

Future goals of the ARAC board are to find a location to expand football and soccer programs, and possibly purchasing land for these new sports.

The next meeting is scheduled for July 11.

By Mary O. Esparza

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

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