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Chanell Walby Director
305 1st St SW
Bowman, ND 58623
What's New at the Rec?
Ice Rink Moved - 2016:
The ice rink has been moved back to the Rouzie Rec Center facility in the fall of 2016 and is located directly to the south of the gym. Community members have donated skates and hockey sticks, machinery and time to make skate assists and goals. A light was also added so skating can be enjoyed in the evening hours during the winter.
Campground Upgrade - 2016:
During the summer and fall of 2016 the Butte View Campground received a grant from the North Dakota Park and Recreation Department to update the facilities. Bowman County, City of Bowman, and Tax and Tourism Committee also contributed to the project. The campground received electrical updates to 33 of its 54 sites and added water and sewer to 16 sites. The County and City also regraded and graveled the roads at the campground. These improvements will help to bring and keep visitors in Bowman longer by providing modern rv services.
Youth Sports Program Policy
Adopted by Bowman Parks and Recreation Board - December 9, 2015
Bowman Parks and Recreation adopoted a Youth Sports Program Policy on December 9, 2015. The purpose of the policy is to help develop skills, keep kids engaged, and to have fun. Bowman Parks and Recreation wants kids to continue playing in the years ahead and by following a program which places the needs of the child (skills, equal playing time, fun) ahead of adult desires, we can provide the next level with coachable athletes. Bowman Parks and Recreation endorses the National Alliance for Youth Sports programs and specifically shall use the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) to train coaches and meet program standards. See the link here
Go to the National Alliance for Youth Sports webpage
The Rouzie Rec Center installed a new electrical main in December 2015.
The Rouzie Rec Center Gym installed new LED lights in the gym in December 2015.
The Rouzie Rec Center had a new roof, soffit, fascia, & gutter on the bath house, gym and stage roofs completed in September 2015.
Five Year Capital Improvement Plan
The current Property Tax for the Parks and Recreation Capital Fund Mill Levy brings in between $20,000 and $25,000 per year. We rely on our operating revenues, the City of Bowman, Bowman County, Tax and Tourism, and other outside contributions to complete the 5-year capital plan.
The Capital Plan is a living document and is designed to help the board achieve the goals necessary to continue to improve our facilities, programs, and parks.
The purpose of this article is to let the public know what plans are in place for Bowman Parks and Recreation.
Rouzie Recreation Center and Pool
The Rouzie Rec Center bath house was build in 1985 and is need of some updates and replacements. We have currently replaced the filter system in the pool, added an outdoor slide, updated the cardio room and equipment, painted the hallway, and just replaced the entire roof of the facility. We will now start working on the interior of the building updating the floors, adding air conditioning, replacing floor tiles, updating the weight room, and looking to expand the Rouzie Rec Center to accommodate more activities.
Butte View Campground
The Butte View Campground has been owned and operated by Bowman Parks and Recreation since 1997. This campground was originally a state campground operated by the NDPR. It currently has a seasonal shower house and 55 electrical hookups. Six of those are 50 amp, 25 are 30 amp and 24 are 110 outlets. The plan is to upgrade the electrical to at least 30 amp for all sites and to add water and sewer to at least 33 sites. This will accommodate more modern campers and RVs and will help increase revenue to our region. Once this is updated we hope to update the shower facility to accommodate a longer camping season. Tourism and our local economy have been on the rise and we would like to accommodate our visitors, which helps our local businesses. The revenues generated by this campground will also subsidize other Parks and Recreation projects. We are also working with other agencies to start replacing our picnic tables.
James Field and Baseball/Softball Complex
The past two years we have invested in sprinkler systems for the baseball fields and are now in need of re-grading the playing surface for proper drainage, adding top dressing, repairing fencing and dugouts, adding lights, repairing or replacing the concessions building, and replacing seating.
Bowman Parks and Recreation Needs Survey
Monday, March 23, 2015
Bowman ND - The Bowman Parks and Recreation Board recently held a retreat to discuss items relating to facilities and programs. The outcome of the retreat was to find out the opinion of the citizens of Bowman and surrounding areas.
A needs survey was designed and is being mailed to all households within the city of Bowman. We have also placed this needs survey on Survey Monkey. If you live within a 50-mile radius of Bowman, you are invited to complete the needs survey by April 12. This needs survey will only take a few minutes to complete.
If you receive the needs survey by mail, please complete and send to the City of Bowman with your utility payment or drop off at Rouzie Rec Center. The Survey Monkey link will be emailed to our members and program participants, placed on Facebook, and placed on our website bowmanparksandrec.org, the blue ‘Quick Links’ box. Paper surveys will also be available at the Rouzie Rec Center. Though there are multiple ways of completing the needs survey, please use one method only; paper or Survey Monkey.
“We are looking forward to receiving this information. It is important for us to understand the preferences, interests, and concerns of the community. We want to thank you in advance for helping us shape the future of our community,” stated Chanell Walby, Director.
February 2015 - Board of Directors Retreat:
A retreat was held in February of 2015 to discuss the future of the expansion project for Bowman Parks and Recreation. The outcome of the retreat focused on finalizing a Mission Statement, discussing our highest priorities for facility improvements, and determining how to gather information for a community needs assessment. The finalized mission statement is:
Bowman Parks and Recreation serves the wellness and recreational needs of our tri-state area by providing community facilities and progressive programs across the generations.
Winter 2015 - The Filter System for the outdoor pool is currently being replaced. The locker rooms and hallways of the recreation center are also being improved. We are very pleased to see an increase in our number of members this winter. We updated the Cardio room last winter and added four new pieces of workout equipment and they are being used daily by our members. It is wonderful to see our community members keeping Fit. If you are over 60 and live in Bowman or Slope Counties you are eligible for a free membership through September 30, 2015. The Council on Aging of Bowman/Slope Counties has given us a grant to pay for senior memberships. Thank you Council on Aging and Thank you seniors to using our facility to better your health and wellness.
Thank you to our customers for your cooperation throughout our construction projects!
Coed Dodgeball started the spring of 2017
Camp Adventure started the summer of 2016
Going for the Green 5k Fun Run/Walk started March 2015
Coed Softball started the summer of 2014
Youth Tackle Football started the fall of 2013
Community & Wellness Center Expansion Project History
November 4, 2014 - 1% sales tax vote failed
Fall 2014 - The Bowman Parks and Recreation Board worked with finance, design, and marketing committees to improve the current Rouzie Recreation Center. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact a Park Board Member or the Director of Parks and Recreation. Support our project by liking our Friends of Bowman Parks & Rec FaceBook page!
The Bowman Parks and Recreation Board has been planning to expand the Rouzie Recreation Center since a survey was completed in 2011. The planning has consisted of design planning and construction cost estimates, operational costs, partnerships with other agencies as tenants in the building, and fundraising efforts.
Comments and questions heard from the public about the expansion are listed below with answers:
|It is a facility filled with wants and not needs.||Transit currently has no garage facilties, the vehicles sit outside the entire year. The meals program has been jumping around and this would provide a stable location. The programs are limited at the Rouzie Rec Center because there is no space to add programs during the needed program times, such as after school. There is currently no indoor pool that can be used for exercise, swim lessons, and water therapy.|
|The user fees will be too high to use the facility||User fees have been discussed and there will be written agreements with tenants and users of the facility to help decrease expenses from reasonable user fees. The annual user fee per person will be less than the average Perscription Drug bill for a North Dakota Resident 0-18 years of age and less than 1/3 the cost of the average Perscription Drug cost for a North Dakota Resident 45-54 years of age.|
|I do not want my property taxes to go up||The funding has NOTHING to do with property taxes. The remaining funds needed to start construction on the Rec Center Expansion would ONLY come from a one cent sales tax.|
|Let grants and the state pay for it.||The wellness portion of the project is not eligible to receive grants, like the Hospital and the Airport. This project will be funded from private funds, the sales tax, the county, and the city. The Transit portion will seek grants available. This project will try to seek the lowest financing available.|
|I don't attend any functions at the current Rec Center||This is much more than a facility to work out or provide youth programs. Many great community events can be held in this facility, bringing in people that will grow our sales and hospitality tax funds to pay for other great projects. Meals program, meetings, health fairs, social gatherings, birthday parties, swim parties. This will become a community and wellness center for the surrounding region.|
|The Rec Expansion better cash flow||Operationally, the Parks and Recreation Board will not support a project that cannot maintain a breakeven cash flow analysis that would require any ongoing support from local govering agencies. For this reason, the Parks and Recreation Board feels that a one-cent sales tax would be the best option for maintaining the feasibility of this project. The local tax would be voted on during the next general election.|
|This will have a negative affect on the hospital||The Bowman Parks and Recreation Board will go to great lengths to make sure this expansion does not negatively affect the hospital and its plans. We hope to be able to secure donations and funding from different sources. In the end we believe these facilities will complement each other, with our mission to help prevent illness and to help with rehabilitation and maintainenance after an illness or injury.|
|What will a 1 cent sales tax cost me?||Tangible items taxed are retail, restaurant, lodging, and liquor. So, every person who visits Bowman and purchases items will be paying this tax, not just Bowman residents.|
|Is the present design final?||Concept and designs are subject to change.|
|Who will run/own the facility?||The Bowman Parks and Recreation Board will operate the facility.|
|What will be included in the facility?||
Garage for Southwest Public Transit to include 6 parking spaces, washbay, office area, restroom, storage, and driver's lounge.
Kitchen and dining space for the senior meals program.
Indoor pool with Sauna connected to two party-rooms with outdoor pool access.
Family changing rooms to contain a toilet, sink, shower each with adjacent storage lockers.
Three multipurpose rooms to be used for meals program, parties, conferences, meetings, after school program, community education classes, etc.
One high school regulation size basketall court (two volleyball courts).
Suspended walking track on the second floor overlooking the basketball court.
Cardio and weight areas.
Studio for group exercise.
Lounge area with vending, control desk, games area.
Outdoor Pool with Locker Rooms
Senior Meals Program
Public Transit Partnership
After School Programs
Youth and Adult programs expanded
Simultaneous programs can be offered between 2 gyms, multipurpose rooms, and upper level activity spaces
Silver Sneakers Program
Blue Cross Blue Shield ND Incentive Program (Up to $20 per month to member who works out 12 times per month)
Community Education Classes
Educational opportunties for Physical Education Expansion, Athletics, and Leadership Development of our youth and community members
Cardio Room Update
Come and tour the Rouzie Recreation Center. Four new pieces of equipment and a room renovation have been completed with two new televisions and new paint.
Front Desk Staff: Receptionist duties to greet customers and help with program registrations, light custodial, concession help. Part-time, flexible hours.
Program Assistant: Part-time position will be responsible for assisting the Director with adult and youth programs and events. Assist with event and program marketing, scheduling, and event management. Part-time, flexible hours.
Camp Host: To be a visible representative of the campground; to promote care of the campground by performing light maintenance work and being a model camper; to greet and assist visitors; to inform visitors of campground rules; to answer questions; to distribute facility information; and to monitor camping fees and permits.
Contact Director for more information or stop in at the Rouzie Rec Center and complete an application.