The Parks & Recreation Department operates numerous parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, and recreation centers. The department also provides programs, events, and activities to Hillsborough County residents year-round. 6105 E. Sligh Ave. Tampa, FL 33617 (813) 744-5595
11_14_2019 Parks Advisory Board Meeting
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOCC
Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Advisory Board
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Roland Guidry Jr.
Sign in sheet available upon request.
WELCOME/CALL TO ORDER
a. This meeting was called to order at 12:06 p.m. by Anthony Sanchez
a. Paul Rosenbloom spoke about Fishhawk Youth Sports Association (FYSA) and facility
access issues. He presented challenges he is having with the league and stated that FYSA
is not making reasonable accommodations for public access. Discussion ensued
between the Board, Staff, and Paul Rosenbloom. The discussion included:
Challenges that FYSA is facing with capacity
The need to ensure there is a field available for public use
The need to identify opportunities for smaller groups of athletes, such as
cheerleaders, to share fields during practice
Access being denied to members of the public even when fields are not in use
The absence of a minimum number of hours designated for public use
b. Discussion shifted to focus on the upcoming Field Use Agreement changes. Rick Valdez
informed the board that other municipalities have one unlocked field for public use and
the public field is rotated. Jack Berlin inquired if the new Field Use Agreement needs to
include minimum public access percentages.
Motion: Jack Berlin made a motion for staff to prepare recommendations on
accommodating public access and present at the next meeting. The motion was
seconded by Roland Guidry Jr. and passed with no opposing members.
c. Discussion continued between the Board and staff on finding a compromise. Paul
Rosenboom stated that he became involved in this issue after being aggressively
removed from fields at Fishhawk, which led him to contact his County Commissioner.