Recre­ation di­rec­tor out­lines progress made in past year

The Weekly Vista - - Community - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

Af­ter a year as di­rec­tor of Recre­ation and Well­ness, Joan Glubzyncki is proud of ex­pand­ing the camp­ing at Blow­ing Springs Park and keep­ing the fit­ness centers healthy. She over­sees three pools, three fit­ness centers, the ten­nis cen­ter and Bella Vista’s multi-use park at Blow­ing Springs.

It’s been a busy year. When the Back 40 Trails opened last year, moun­tain bik­ers started ar­riv­ing from out of state. The only camp­ing in Bella Vista at the POA’s Blow­ing Springs Park was strictly recre­ational ve­hi­cles, but moun­tain bik­ers don’t nec­es­sar­ily own RVs. Early in the sum­mer, the POA opened a few prim­i­tive camp­sites be­tween the RVs and the pic­nic pavil­ion at Blow­ing Springs. Those sites have proved so pop­u­lar that plans are in place to up­grade the re­strooms and add more prim­i­tive sites. There will also be up­grades to the RV sec­tion of the park, she said.

She’s seen local fam­i­lies use the prim­i­tive sites for short get­aways. The price in right for fam­i­lies, she said.

On Oct. 28, Blow­ing Springs will host a new POA event — “Flea in the Park.” Glubzyncki de­scribes it as a vin­tage flea mar­ket with a few ex­tra at­trac­tions in­clud­ing a car and RV show, live mu­sic and food.

“We al­ready have ven­dors signed up,” she said. It’ll be a free event, open to the pub­lic with pump­kin-dec­o­rat­ing sta­tions and other spe­cial ar­eas for kids.

There will prob­a­bly be a Christ­mas Con­cert again this year, she said. Last year’s Mu­si­cool with the Arkansas Phil­har­monic and the Youth Orches­tra was well re­ceived, she said.

The ex­pan­sion of the build­ing at Branch­wood should be hap­pen­ing soon, she said. The ar­chi­tects are fi­nal­iz­ing the plans and then the board should vote on them. She’s look­ing for­ward to a mul­ti­pur­pose room where fit­ness classes can take place as well as events such as birth­day par­ties. Ren­o­va­tions of the locker rooms will also be part of the plan and there may even be ad­di­tional space for the fit­ness cen­ter. The park­ing lot will be ex­panded too.

The bud­get for 2018 is not com­plete, but Glubzyncki is hop­ing to see a cap­i­tal project for the Kings­dale ten­nis courts. The courts at Met­field were fi­nally re­moved and the ones at Branch­wood get little use, so ten­nis play­ers all come to Kings­dale courts. At least two of the courts need com­plete ren­o­va­tion.

She’s also plan­ning smaller ex­pen­di­tures on equip­ment to keep all three fit­ness centers up to date.

The sum­mer was suc­cess­ful, she said. The Ju­nior Ten­nis Camp had more par­tic­i­pants than usual and the new twi­light swim hours were very pop­u­lar. All the fit­ness centers have been busy and Glubzyncki is ex­cited about next year.

Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista

Wa­ter Aer­o­bics have been a sum­mer­time fa­vorite for years. This year’s classes will end this month at the Kings­dale Pool but con­tinue year-round at the Branch­wood In­door Pool.

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