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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Park Board receives program updates

  • It's been a busy past few months in the Lake Region.
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  • It's been a busy past few months in the Lake Region. In addition to annual family vacations and festivities, the summer season is traditionally a time for favorite outdoor activities such as baseball, swimming and camps.
    The Devils Lake Park Board continues to oversee many different recreation and competitive opportunities for both youth and adults of the area. During Monday's regular meeting at Burdick arena, two officials gave reports of summertime programs through the park board.
    Blake Reinholt, the Devils Lake youth baseball coordinator this summer, updated the board about the program this summer. In his first year in the position, Reinholt noted that the season was an overall success.
    "I think it went really well," he said at the meeting. "From t-ball on up, everything seemed to go on without hitch."
    In general, the area teams were able to play an optimal number of games including traveling to play other squads in the region. Scheduling at the Babe Ruth level, for 13-15 year-olds, proved to be a challenge due to a number of reasons such as cancellations by opponents with numbers issues.
    As a whole, however, the youth baseball program went well with good numbers all the way through, Reinholt stated.
    "Numbers were good especially in the younger age groups," he said. "We really want to have that turnout continuing to be strong and keep those players out."
    David Kerlin, the manager of the Mike Dosch Memorial Pool, told the board that it's also been an overall positive summer at the pool.
    One concern, however, has been that the children's wading pool at the Devils Lake facility has been closed since late July due to an issue with pipes. Ultimately, the only way the maintenance problem could be fixed would be to shut down both pools, park board employees noted.
    The pool is slated to close this week with the last day being Aug. 22.
    "Everything has went well," he commented. "Attendance just comes down to the weather."
    Cool and wet conditions affected turnout in June. A pleasant month in July, however, brought swimmers out to the Mike Dosch Memorial Pool. August started out strong, but the amount of swimmers has faded especially for evening sessions.
    "The evening swim has been pretty slow the last couple of weeks," the manager stated. "That has continued to be a trend in August during the last few years."
    While public swimming at night hasn't featured a high number of swimmers, lap swim has grown in popularity.
    "Most days, you have to come early to make sure you have a lane," Kerlin commented.
    Swimming lessons have been a huge hit with almost all sessions full.
    Page 2 of 2 - "It's been a very big draw," he stated.
    In other business, the park board unanimously agreed to keep its officials and committee assignments for the next year. Jamie Beck was selected as the board president while Kale
    Stromme was chosen as the vice president.
    Members also made a motion to officially recognize that the Devils Lake Park Board continues to support the proposed event and wellness center facilities. The issue is set to go to a city-wide vote Oct. 7.

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