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City partners with Boys & Girls Clubs to offer more programs

SOLANA BEACH — In an effort to increase recreational programs for residents, especially teenagers, City Council unanimously approved a joint-use agreement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito as part of its consent calendar at the Dec. 9 meeting.
The agreement will also help the city with its employee wellness program by allowing workers to use the facility on Lomas Santa Fe Drive.
With limited staff and resources, according to the staff report, the city “is constantly looking for new and innovative partnerships to further recreational opportunities and optimize facility use.”
The city currently partners with the Solana Beach School District to offer an after-school enrichment program and with the San Dieguito Union High School District to provide adult classes. These programs are held at Solana Beach community centers but are coordinated and managed by outside agencies with city support.
The newest agreement with the Boys & Girls Clubs creates a win-win situation in which both organizations can expand their programs, the staff report states. The fields at La Colonia Park will be available to the club, which will also be allowed limited use at Fletcher Cove.
In turn, the club offered the use of its facilities for city meetings and events. It will also waive the summer day camp pool fee, resulting in an annual savings. The pool cost for the 2009 summer camp was $495.
Both groups will collaborate to provide ongoing programs that won’t conflict with current facility use, the staff reports states. Activities and events will require prior approval from the city and the club to ensure the expanded use won’t interfere with the public’s use of city facilities.
The Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously supported the agreement with the understanding that public use of the facilities will not be negatively impacted or eliminated. City staff will “ensure that portions of the fields and parks remain open at all times for use by the public,” the staff report states.
The $2.50 pool fee will be removed, “however, this may not be readily visible due to modifications in programs and services that occur on a yearly basis,” according to the staff report.
Gymnastics, yoga, music and sports camps are some of the new programs the Boys & Girls Clubs plans to offer initially.
Items on the consent calendar are approved in a single action unless removed for discussion by council members or members of the public.