Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head's recreation board hopes babysitting, later start times mean more will attend meetings

bheffernan@islandpacket.comJune 11, 2013 

The Hilton Head Island's Parks and Recreation Commission wants more feedback from the people it serves and is making changes designed to get it.

Start times for two monthly meetings this summer will shift from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and free childcare will be provided for parents who attend.

The location also will move from Town Hall council chambers to the Hilton Head Island Recreation Center.

The first meeting under the new arrangement will be Thursday. The second will be Aug. 8.

If the meetings are well-attended, the commission mightschedule more evening meetings, commission chairman Marc Stuckart said.

"There are so many facilities on the island," he said. "We'd like to make sure they are being used the way people want to use them, and what we're providing is what they want to have."

The later meeting times allow parents and working adults an "opportunity to come and have their voices heard about what they want out of our parks and recreation system," said Heather Rath, commission vice chairwoman.

"The normal, everyday working parent on Hilton Head Island cannot make a 3:30 meeting. They just can't," she said.

For parents with young children, the recreation center will offer free babysitting during the meeting in the center's Discovery Club Preschool.

At Thursday's meeting, Recreation Association executive director Frank Soule will update the commission on summer programs and on a request to Beaufort County for $72,000 to cover the costs of operating the center's pool.

Follow reporter Brian Heffernan at twitter.com/IPBG_Brian.

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