If you read our previous post on the subject, you know about the City of Novato's planned elimination of public gymnastics programs at the Novato Gymnastics Center, as well as the likely closure of the center itself. This matter will be addressed at the Novato City Council meeting tomorrow, March 17, 2009, at 6:30 pm in the Police Department Conference Room at 909 Machin Avenue. If your family uses the Novato Gymnastics Center and the many great programs that they offer, and if you can attend the meeting, your support will be greatly appreciated. Over 900 children attend gymnastics classes every month at the Novato Gymnastics Center, and this doesn't even count the hundreds more who attend the center's popular spring break and summer camps.
You can view the streaming video of the March 10 City Council meeting to learn more about the closure plans. (You'll probably want to fast forward the 1:33:00 mark to go directly to the public commentary about the Novato Gymnastics Center.)
As you all probably know, the city of Novato has been hit hard by the recent economic downturn, and substantial cuts are expected for all city services. Perhaps the city department most affected is Parks and Recreation, which is expected to eliminate up to 20% of their recreational programs. One of the services being considered for reduction and possible closure is the Novato Gymnastics Center.
Those of you who live in and around Novato are probably familiar with the Novato Gymnastics Center. It’s an amazing public facility that’s one of the best of its kind in the Bay Area, and it’s almost certain that you and your children have enjoyed and benefited from one of their many public tumbling and gymnastics programs. Both my children have taken numerous classes there. It’s the ideal physical activity program for the rainy months, too, since it’s an indoor facility.
Right now the city is strongly considering the entire elimination of the competitive gymnastics team program, as well as a severe reduction in recreational classes. The eventual closure of the Novato Gymnastics Center itself is also a possibility!