By 1808Delaware

At the regular meeting of the City of Delaware City Council to be held on Monday, March 27, Council will hear from Ted Miller, Parks and Natural Resource Director.

Miller will be sharing a Mingo Recreation Center Membership Proposal for consideration.

In an effort to ensure safety and security, Mingo Community Recreation Center is considering implementing a membership requirement for visitors. The draft policy was initially presented at the January 17, 2023 Parks Board Meeting and received positive feedback from board members.

The membership requirement comes as a response to safety concerns for both the public and staff members at the facility. In recent years, there have been several incidents that required the removal of individuals due to rule violations. The new policy aims to address this issue by having visitors sign up for a profile that includes their name, address, and contact information. Minors under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian’s information on their profile.

Under the new policy, guests must check in during each visit to the Mingo Community Center by scanning their membership card or phone (QR Code). In case of rule violations or injuries, staff will have a record of the incident and an emergency contact number. A valid photo ID is required for all membership passes and renewals, and guests must register in the center’s system. Members under the age of 6 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The proposed “Fun pass” will be free of charge for residents and non-residents, expiring after one year from the registration date. Fun passes can be obtained at Mingo Park and Jack Florance Pool, with specific hours varying by location. Accepted forms of ID include driver’s licenses, school photo IDs, employee photo IDs, military IDs, and valid unexpired passports.

The policy outlines progressive consequences for poor behavior, including suspensions of varying lengths based on the number of incidents. Examples of behaviors that will result in disciplinary action and possible police reports include fighting, stealing, property damage, disorderly conduct, criminal damage, verbal abuse of staff or patrons, and not following posted policies and rules.

Miller will present the policy and further background at the March 27 City Council Meeting. Staff is open to comments and feedback from Council members before finalizing the policy.

The meeting will be held at 7 PM in Council Chambers in the Delaware City Hall building on South Sandusky Street.

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