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Vote for Middletown Area Recreation Alliance means Olmsted Rec Board is out

Posted 7/11/18

By Laura Hayes and Dan Miller

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

With the final approval of the Middletown Borough Council, the Olmsted Regional Recreation Board is …

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Vote for Middletown Area Recreation Alliance means Olmsted Rec Board is out

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By Laura Hayes and Dan Miller

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

With the final approval of the Middletown Borough Council, the Olmsted Regional Recreation Board is officially on its way out.

On July 9, Middletown Borough Council — the last signature needed — voted 6-0 to give final approval to an ordinance that transfers responsibility for parks and recreational programs in Middletown from the Olmsted board to the new Middletown Area Recreation Alliance.

MARA will replace the Olmsted Regional Recreation Board and include representatives from Middletown and Royalton boroughs, Lower Swatara Township and Middletown Area School District. Those other entities already approved joining MARA.

The borough ordinance also authorized the dissolution of the Olmsted board.

“The Olmsted Rec as it’s known will probably be winding down in the next quarter,” MASD board treasurer Chris Lupp said during a school board meeting on June 19.

In February, MASD board President Linda Mehaffie said that MARA could offer programs not provided by Olmsted Rec, such as ballroom dancing, yoga, zumba, pickleball, soccer, volleyball, sewing and tennis or bus trips to places such as New York City.

Lower Swatara commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance, adopting the intergovernmental agreement of cooperation between all the bodies, and MARA’s constitution and bylaws during the June 20 meeting.

Royalton borough secretary Amy Burrell said the borough voted to join MARA on July 3.

In June, MASD chief financial officer David Franklin said the next step will be for Lower Swatara to apply for a grant that would fund MARA’s recreational director.