Community center slowly getting back to normal

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By Amanda Ensinger
Staff Writer

The Prairie Township Community Center is expanding its class offerings.

At a recent meeting, the township trustees approved offering photography classes at the center and approved entering into a contract with John Conant as a photography instructor. Conant will be paid $100 per workshop (not to exceed $500).

The trustees also approved using Amazing Athletes as a sports program and camp provider with a fixed rate of compensation of 70 percent of total registration fees (not to exceed $6,000) and Jilaine Anderson/Jump Bunch as a sports program and camp provider with a fixed rate of compensation of 70 percent of total registration fees (not to exceed $6,000).

These personal service contracts are effective through Dec. 31.

The community center currently has 5,289 total members. Of those members, approximately 29 percent are township residents. The center also is slowly gaining back members, with an average of 100 new members joining or renewing their membership each month.

Residents did question why the pool was still not fully open. Michael Pollack, director of the center, said they are now offering swim lessons and pool reservations are allowed.

In other news, the board approved hiring The Motz Group to design and construct the artificial turf for the multi-use field at the Galloway Road Sports Complex.

“The cost of the project is $978,892,” said Rob Peters, township administrator. “This is part of the overall sports complex paid with contributions and a grant through ODNR.”

Recently, the township celebrated being awarded $1.5 million from the Ohio Capital Budget.

The money will be used to create an innovative new field in the township to make playing sports more accessible to all.

“This is the largest award issued by the state,” Peters said. “From a programming perspective, a lot is going to be happening in the township in the next two years.”

According to Peters, the funds will be used for the One Field project. The project includes creating an artificial turf field for the township that is designed specifically for individuals with special needs to experience the joy and camaraderie that comes from being a part of a team.

The field will have a hard surface, allowing people in crutches or wheelchairs to use the field more easily and won’t be as restricting for them as a natural field would be. The new field will be used for soccer, football and other field sports.

The cost to build the field is approximately $880,000, but it is also part of a larger project that costs approximately $2 million. The project also includes the Galloway Road widening, turning lane and parking lot.

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