Council continues discussion of gymnastics
The Fairfield City Council chambers were once again full of young gymnasts Monday who were hoping their program can continue uninterrupted.
The gymnastics and trampoline program at the Roosevelt Community Recreation Center has come under scrutiny in the past month for its small practice rooms. Park and recreation director Derik Wulfekuhle has said he fears part or all of the program might have to be suspended.
An insurance review in December found there was not enough space for the gymnastic and trampoline activities conducted in one of the racquetball courts at the rec center. Since learning of the review’s findings earlier this month, Wulfekuhle removed some of the gymnastics equipment from the racquetball court, but the building has no other place for it so it is not being used. Those items include the uneven bars for the older kids and the rings.
At Monday’s meeting, a few councilors asked city administrator Kevin Flanagan if the insurance provider made any recommendations about what to fix in the two rooms at the rec center used for gymnastics. Flanagan said insurance providers do not do that. He said they usually just point out problems rather than offer solutions.
Councilor Michael Halley suggested solution to the problem. He heard from a member of the wallyball club, which has games in the racquetball courts, that the rec center could remove one of the walls separating the racquetball courts so the gymnasts and trampolinists would have enough room. That would leave one court left for racquetball or wallyball.
Wulfekuhle said it was an intriguing idea, but not a long-term solution. He did not like the idea of putting another racquetball court out of commission to solve a short-term problem when what the club really needs is its own facility.
Councilor Daryn Hamilton said he was pleased to see the first few rows of seats in the council chambers filled with gymnasts. He said it was evident they care deeply about the program.
Councilor Martha Rasmussen said she is a strong supporter of the gymnastics and trampoline program at the rec center. She said kids in the community need extra-curricular activities, especially considering the town has no outdoor pool.