July proves busy for parks

With four events in four consecutive weekends in July, the city’s recreation director says it may have been the busiest month for the city parks and Wapakoneta Recreation Department crews on record.
Veterans Memorial Park hosted the Moon City Classic sponsored by Dairy Queen and Wapakoneta Recreation Inc. (WRI) on July 8-10, the Dairy Queen tournament for softball on July 22-24 and a 3-on-3 soccer tournament on July 29-30, while the Wapakoneta WaterPark hosted the Western Ohio Aquatic League (WOAL) championships on July 15 and 16.
“It was a busy July for the staffs and I hope it was great for the community because all four of those events were traveling-type tournaments that bring in people from other communities,” Recre-
ation Director Jack Hayzlett told the Wapakoneta Daily News after Monday’s meeting of the Wapakoneta City Recreation Board. “Wapakoneta had teams in each event, but the majority of teams were from out-of-town so hotels, restaurants, gasoline stations and convenience stores hopefully got some of that business.”
Hayzlett said the events puts a physical strain on the staffs at both facilities and also puts a strain on the city’s Recreation Department budget, which receives approximately $100,000 through a 1-mill property tax levy in the city of Wapakoneta.
“The staff out at Veterans Memorial Park were very strained physically between soccer fields and baseball diamonds, but they enjoy being out there all day long on Saturday and Sunday because they take a lot of pride in their work,” Hayzlett said. “The WaterPark staff did a great job also because they are out there all day for those two days and everybody chipped in to make that a success.
“I think all four events were fantastic and went on without a hitch,” he said. “I don’t think we have any major issues at those events.”
At Veterans Memorial Park, staff members pitched a tent to make sure the fields were ready in a timely fashion and to patrol the area during the night, but Hayzlett said the success of the events extends beyond the crews working the fields.
He credited Kevin Lynch for the soccer event, WRI for the baseball and softball tournaments and the Wapak Waves for the success of the WOAL championships.
“The tournaments do strain the budgets but I have indicated to WRI that the tournaments are good for the community and I always want to use Veterans Memorial Park and the Wapakoneta WaterPark to their capacity,” Hayzlett said. “We all know that youth sports is very popular right now and the tournaments are great things for the park and the community.”