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GBRC board invited to tour playgrounds
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M & N Screen Printing in Great Bend was awarded the contract to print T-shirts for the Great Bend Recreation Commission for the next year.
The GBRC Board awarded the bid Monday after Sports Director Chris Umphres said M & N submitted the only bid this year. Shirts have printing on the front and back. The cost is $4.30 for most shirts, and $5.50 for shirts over size Adult XXL.
GBRC Executive Director Diann Henderson said the Rec Commission buys about 1,800 shirts each year.
The board also approved specifications for a new copier. Henderson said the purchase is expected to cost over $5,000, so bids will be sought. Currently, staff at the new Great Bend Activity Center must come to the GBRC office to make copies, Henderson said. The new copier will allow for a machine at each building and will have the capability of converting paper copies to electronic pdf documents, something which has been recommended as the GBRC attempts to reduce the amount of paper used.
The board usually meets on the second Monday of each month, but the next meeting will be at noon on Friday, Oct. 10. That will allow Henderson and some of her staff to attend the National Recreation and Parks Association convention at Charlotte, N.C.
“As KRPA president, I’ll be representing the state of Kansas and Great Bend,” Henderson said.
GBRC board members were also invited to join Henderson and staff on a trip to Hutchinson the morning of Friday, Sept. 26, to tour playgrounds at the Dillon Nature Center and the new Winwoods Enchanted Playground, which opened this summer at River Banks Orchard Park. This is being done as the board continues to work on a master plan for a playground outside the new Activity Center.
“You’ll see two ideas of playground structures incorporated into a nature environment,” Henderson said to her board. “I encourage you to attend. It will be a very informative day.” She said the play structures at the two sites are based on different philosophies, since one is intended to be educational and one in intended to encourage unstructured play.