Also at a Tuesday meeting, the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Board:
• Set a 20 percent discount rate across the board for all nonprofits, religious groups or Scouts renting park facilities.
• Decided to ask booster clubs to either pay to make required upgrades to fire extinguishers in concessions stands or stop cooking. A recent inspection found that the extinguishers in some stands are no longer in compliance.
• Asked staff to research whether other counties allow open public use time in recreation center classrooms.
A recent complaint from a resident who’d been asked to leave an empty classroom sparked the discussion.
Based on safety and supervision concerns, the board will institute a locked-door policy on unused rooms until further review.
• Heard an update on the Big Creek Greenway future expansion. Phase four is expected to begin in August or September and take about one year to complete.
Note: All votes were 4-0 unless otherwise noted, with member Daniel Slott absent.
— Alyssa LaRenzie
Forsyth County government employees could be offered recreation center fitness passes at half price as part of a new wellness program.
The parks and recreation board voted 4-0 on Tuesday to approve the suggestion of staff member Taylor Davis, who sits on the county’s wellness program committee. Member Daniel Slott was absent for the vote.
If approved by the county commission, all weight room and exercise class passes, except a one-day visit, would be 50 percent off for county workers.
The passes would allow use of the gym or entry to classes at the county’s three recreation centers.
Davis said 33 of Forsyth’s more than 1,400 employees currently use the county centers.
“We sent a survey out to all the county employees and one thing they requested was a discounted rate for the memberships,” he said.
Parks director Jerry Kinsey said the county hopes to save money in insurance costs by offering an inexpensive option to stay fit.
Forsyth launched the wellness program in September as a way to reduce rapidly rising costs in the employee health insurance plan.
According to board member Kimberly Brown, the offer likely would also benefit the parks department.
“That would be revenue that we probably weren’t going to get anyway,” she said.