Minutes - Facilities and Grounds Committee

Meeting was held in the RR Building at 7:30. About 35 people were in attendance including 8 from the Facilities and Grounds (F&G) Committee.

Just about all in attendance participated in the conversations and expressed the following:

 

GENERAL COMMENTS

 

  • Would like more open forums/better communications/more voices heard;
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  • Make ECIA Information more accessible, particularly on big decisions;
  • Would like more surveys, more surveys;
  • All our amenities are of value; don’t get rid of any;
  • Town Hall is great vehicle for communication; thanks to F&G for offering and for their ongoing efforts;
  • Need more amenities/activities directed toward pre-teens and teens;
  • Attendance at previous family-oriented activities has been disappointing; how do we increase attendance?  
  • POOL

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  • Grey water management system desired;
  • Review of existing draft plans for bathhouse well received;
  • Keep residents informed, via social media, of plans and progress in rehab     of the pool;
  • Improve methods for notifying potential users of pool closures, especially       due to storms or equipment failures;
  • Control/decrease use of water, especially in locker room showers (possibly    a flow control timer);
  • Establish a “rec room” area for hot tub (above-ground acceptable),                    ping-pong, board games, etc. when pool is closed; control access via pool   pass ID reader; enclose if feasible. This should be available year around    and 7 days a week;
  • Install sunscreen dispenser station;
  • Enable people to fill water bottles on pool deck, either from spigot or at            the drinking fountain;
  • Jump board essential in bringing more teens back to the pool;
  • The “Must Haves” for this upcoming pool season are the remodeled men’s     and women’s rooms, and the deck area within the 4 ft perimeter. Jump    board, replacing the turnstyle at the entrance and additional shade covers            would also be welcomed, otherwise can be Phase 2;
  • If some things need to be deferred to get the pool open on time in May,           they can include the family changing room, a total re-do of the deck, and           the rearrangement of the pool office and deck storage areas;
  • One commenter, without much vocal support, suggested giving more pool     users an opportunity to comment on the bath house floor plans before                    finalizing. Feels that the plans reflected thus far do not improve upon the     existing plan;
  • The PoolPro report should be accessible to the membership at large;
  • Drainage on the deck is very problematic;
  • Outdoor shower a good idea but water should be warm enough so people     don’t tie up the indoor showers;
  • Must offer swimming lessons;
  • Would like to see a splash pad added somewhere in the pool area for the       smaller children;
  • Include holders for soap and shampoo on the wall in each shower.

  • HIKE-BIKE TRAIL NETWORK

  • Extending Av. Eldorado trail to Stables a great idea;
  • Compadres between Herrada and Vista Grande should be asphalt, not earthen;
  • Need better control of speeding cyclists or those ignoring stop signs on the bike path;
  • Need better maintenance, particularly weeding (especially to eliminate goatheads in late summer).

  • COURTS

  • Volleyball court needs regular maintenance to keep weed-free, better sand.   This will bring users;
  • Rules at tennis court either ignored or not otherwise enforced;
  • Time limit rules need to be reviewed and possibly revised/enforced;
  • Private lessons should not be offered during “prime times” at the courts;
  • “Flapping” wind screens has been a perennial problem at the tennis courts.
  • CC GROUNDS/FIELDS

  • Many people won’t use porta-potty. Would like regular public toilet available when bathrooms in ranch house are occupied or otherwise unavailable;
  • Install a pump track;
  • Install a fitness circuit (par course) perhaps starting and ending at CC or Compadres Park, but with stations along one of the hike-bike paths;
  • Install a Frisbee golf and/or mini-golf course;
  • Would like to have a climbing wall or climbing boulders;
  • Good moisture this winter and in spring will create significant fire risks later in year. Goatscaping did not seem to work last year. What other alternatives are there?;
  • Concern that wildfire could start on State lands to west of the ECIA boundary fence and encroach into Eldorado. Need to express our concerns to appropriate officials;
  • Would like to be able to play baseball year around, weather permitting. Need to maintain field year-round, including weed control, infield dirt
  • Maintenance and grass/warning track in the outfield;
  • Soccer kids would love to come back to CC soccer field; need appropriate surface;
  • Grass much preferred over artificial turf for baseball/soccer fields;
  • Thanks for new wood chips at play grounds, unfortunately swing height was not adjusted to allow for higher ground elevation;
  • Could use one or two more benches and better shade structure at Compadres Park.

     
  • STRUCTURES

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  • We should have a 7-day rec-structure available for residents; would include hot tub, ping pong and other related activities, teen-oriented film showing, perhaps a wi-fi;


     
  • GREENBELTS/WILDERNESS TRAILS
  • Volunteers would like to be able to borrow/use ECIA tools to help with trail     maintenance.

    STABLES

  • Shade structure or otherwise shaded seating area at the large arena;
  • Need a more direct and safe crossing of US 285 on horseback; currently not an easy way to get to the Vista Grande/285 intersection on a horse.