At last week’s Hot Springs Village recreation committee meeting, member Larry Wilson talked about Woodlands Auditorium and shared some thoughts about possible sound-related upgrades at some point.
He began by noting the U.S. Army Band and Inspiration of Broadway sounded very good. “Why is that?” he asked. Answer – because both brought their own sound equipment.
Wilson also suggested looking into leasing a sound system rather than purchasing one, because the technology changes so quickly.
Wilson showed a sound board that can interface with a standard iPad, which can make controlling the sound board mobile. With digital control, one can remove the iPad from the board’s docking station, move around the venue, and control settings like volume and equalization without returning to the sound board, thus creating flexibility.
Wilson said the U.S. Army sound board cost $184,000 and each of their microphones cost $800.
If a change was made, Wilson said the current Yamaha board could be used backstage as a monitor board.
Wilson said he thinks it could be done for less than $25,000, not including speakers. Wilson noted the current speakers are good, but how they are placed in the facility was not well thought out.
The current system was put in place in 2012 and at that time was considered state of the art.
Recreation director Stacy Hoover’s report described expansion of the Balboa Beach taking place this spring and a new surface put in at the Dog Park. She also noted that  a landscaping plan for DeSoto Family Recreation Area will be awarded sometime this month.
The RV Park has a new social area, with picnic tables and grills, and work continues on the earthen bridge from Cortez Pavilion to the adjacent play area.
Crews are working to get all amenities ready for spring use and are repairing the fountain at Ponce de Leon Center in two phases. The mechanics of the system will be replaced this spring and in the fall the tower will be removed for sandblasting and repainting.
Regarding results from the many roundtable discussions that have taken place on various topics, Hoover said the information gathered at the roundtables has been compiled and sent to CEO Lesley Nalley for review. Results are “forthcoming.”
Hoover also told the committee that in May they need to begin a discussion of what fees should be. She added that the discussion would need to cover amenity fees and rental fees. Facility usage will also be part of the discussion.
Hoover handed out department usage statistics, showing, for example, there were 11,317 March visits to the fitness center, as compared to 11,846 in March 2016. Coronado Center room rentals this past March were at 134. In 2016 that number was 104. Woodlands attendance this March was 3,010, as compared to 4,824 a year ago. Tennis center visits in March were 1,569, as compared to 1,537 a year ago.
After the committee finished their business, POA board director and committee liaison Bill Roe held elections for officers.
Elected chair was Donna Aylward, vice chair Holly Harck and secretary Tammy McCullough.
Outgoing chairman Dave Gati thanked everyone for their help during his tenure and was told by Roe and other committee members they appreciated his work. Gati will remain on the committee, but not as chair.
The committee meets again at 4 p.m. on May 8 at the Coronado Community Center.