A Letter from the Director – December 2022

Welcome back Friends,

It’s hard to believe that we are closing in on the end of another year.  We are excited that you have been able to make this journey with us this year.  We’ve had some great programs as well as challenges, and we are happy that we can continue to serve our community.

Recently, Operation North Pole was a huge success.  Our first winter event was held on December 10th at the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center, and we had over 150 people celebrate with us.  We played reindeer games, had fun making holiday crafts, had selfies with Santa, and enjoyed a snack and hot chocolate at Mrs. Claus’ Café.  Due to the overwhelming excitement around Operation North Pole, we will be holding this as an annual event.

I am happy to announce that the MBCPR Board adopted the Master Plan at the December meeting.  We have been working on this all year, engaging with stakeholders to look into the future to prepare for the program needs that our growing community will need.  There is information on our website about the plan.  I am also available to make presentations to your group or organization so that you can learn more about it and how you can become involved in its success.

Some of you have been asking how you can contribute or volunteer.  Both of these are great ways to get involved, and help us provide more for the people we serve.  If you or your group is interested in volunteering, please contact us at the email or phone number listed at the bottom of this webpage.  If you would like to contribute but don’t know how, I would be happy to connect with you about a contribution to the Friends of Parks and Recreation group, support for some new playground equipment that we would like to install this spring, or perhaps you can sponsor a bench or table.  Specific info on this and more is coming in the next couple of months. 

There are many programs in the new year.  Our regular sports programs at both recreation centers are posted in our online catalog on our website.  Pavilion rentals start the first business day of the year, which will be January 3.  Pool information should be out in March.  And details about favorite programs such as June Jubilee, the Summer Concert Series, and more will be made available as we move through our planning.  It should be another great year.

From all of us at MBCPR, we wish you and your family a healthy and happy holiday season, and many new adventures in the new year.  We are looking forward to going there with you.

Bob Williams, CPRP

Executive Director