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What's Up


What's Up?

Things we've done lately, and what's coming next


Feb 28, 2018. Next Task Force Working Meeting
Meetings are not routinely public, but if you would like to come and present an idea or listen in, please contact us.


Jan 16, 2018. Task Force Working Meeting
Discussed action steps for community organizing and mobilization to make this happen.

Jan 2, 2018. Task Force Working Meeting
Main topics addressed: update on proposal review process for City feasibility study, outreach to surrounding towns including the Barre pool initiative, and idea for community logo design competition.

Oct 20, 2017. City of Montpelier posted a Request for Proposals for Recreation Facilities Feasibility Study
The City of Montpelier invited recreation consulting firms to bid on a project to produce a feasibility study for facility development for indoor recreation. Jump & Splash provided assistance to the City in the drafting of this RFP.

Oct 2, 2017. Public Panel Presentation: "How to Build a Recreation Center"
Hosted by Jump & Splash and held in the high school cafeteria, this public forum featured representatives from Claremont N.H. who explained how that community mobilized and marshaled resources to create the major new recreation facility that opened there in 2013.

Sept 12, 2017. Co-founder of Durango CO Recreation Center visits Jump & Splash working meeting
Marjorie Brinton was a member of Durango, CO's recreation advisory board when that town mobilized to build a new recreation center. Marjorie stopped by to share the story and answer task force members' questions. We are featuring this center in our blog.

May, 2017. Task Force Representatives Attend Workshop on Aquatic and Recreational Facility Development
Two task force members attended the USA Swimming Build-A-Pool conference in Denver. This three-day workshop packs a wealth of information about the funding, development, design, management and operation of multi-functional recreational facilities (Thanks to the Montpelier Dept of Public Services for partial financial support of our attendance!)

Ongoing all year:  Working meetings  on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Jan 20, 2017. Montpelier Bridge article discusses indoor recreation in Montpelier
Entitled "The community that plays together stays together," this article surveys current activity at the city's Rec Center on Barre St., as well as possibilities for the future, from a variety of points of view. Worth a read!

Jan 17, 2017. Task Force Working Meeting
Main topics addressed: welcome new task force members Lynn Wild and Emmanuel Riby-WIlliams; review of vision, terms, procedures, and online presence; report on meeting and beginning collaboration with city Recreation Department; plans to attend USA Swimming Build-a-Pool workshop.

Dec 19, 2017. Task Force Working Meeting
Main topics addressed: collaborator outreach process; first draft budget framework for a facility business model.

Dec 14, 2016. We Presented at Montpelier's City Council Meeting
Task force members Dot Helling, Sandy Vitzthum, and Gianna Petito presented an update of our progress to the Montpelier City Council. We provided an executive summary of our preliminary survey results and directed council members to our new website. Mayor Hollar called this a tremendous effort and thanked us for our work. The presentation can be seen starting at minute 61:34 of ORCA Media's video of the meeting.

Dec 5, 2016. Task Force Working Meeting
Major items: review of survey results and plans for disseminating them; website development.

Nov 21, 2016. Task Force Working Meeting

Nov 14, 2016. Task Force Working Meeting

Nov 5 and Nov 8, 2016. Jump & Splash Survey Table at City Voting Station
Many people filled out surveys after they voted.

Nov 1, 2016. Task Force Working Meeting

Oct 24, 2016. Task Force Working Meeting

Oct 10, 2016. Task Force Working Meeting

Sept 13, 2016. Public Meeting at City Hall re Recreation Facilities and a Possible Indoor Pool
The Task Force was formed out of this meeting.