Recreation director outlines progress made in past year
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.
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.