What’s in a name? Plenty, when it’s for the Fraser rec center
November 27, 2008
At Tuesday night’s Fraser Valley Metropolitan recreation District Board meeting I asked the board for the record, “What is the name of the new rec facility?”
You see, in the past couple of months, this paper has published some cartoons and articles that referred to the facility as the Fraser Valley Community Rec Center. In the Rec District’s own 2008-2009 Fall and Winter Activity Guide the facility is prominently advertised on the inside cover under that name.
When asked about this earlier in the month Recreation Director Scott Ledin said that there was some “wiggle room” in the negotiating of the name. I was quite surprised to hear this information. At the September board meeting Clark Lipscomb was very adamant that he was unwilling to negotiate the name. Yet on this Tuesday night board President Dan O’Connell indicated that they were still in negotiations on this issue. Kind of.
When pressed, Mr. O’Connell said that while they have not had any active negotiations to date since the contract was signed, they were still negotiating the name, (whatever that means). I brought to his attention that Grand Park is certainly giving the impression of ownership of the facility, calling it “Grand Park Community Rec Center” on its Web site, referring that Grand Park is bringing a rec center to the valley on its billboard on U.S. Highway 40, and indicating to potential buyers of homes in his subdivision that they (Grand Park) are building a rec center.
You can see my confusion on this issue.
Mr. O’Connell said that he had not seen the cartoons or articles and was unaware of these things, which is somewhat understandable. I guess that he has forgotten the slashed banner that read “Future Site of The Grand Park Community Rec Center” and misses the billboard on Highway 40 that he passes probably several times a week. It’s hard to imagine that he could be in the dark about this issue.
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He acknowledged the fact that Clark Lipscomb did not seem willing to negotiate this issue further, but told me that he would put this at the top of his “to do” list. By the end of the dialogue I was still unable to get a straight answer as to what the working name is. The board’s final response was that the naming would be finalized by the time the sign goes up.
Once again this board shows an ineptitude that is astounding. If they’re not even sure of the name, are we to believe that they’re sure of who owns the building? Just one more reason to relieve these members of their duties.
So, to everyone out there who still sees this as an issue, I encourage you to give Dan a call. It seems that this board is not sure what to name this multimillion dollar facility and according to them there’s still some “wiggle room” on the name. Although I’m not so sure that Grand Park feels the same way.