Bronson BPR gets reprieve, but future in doubt

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By Deborah Goad

After a two-hour workshop on the future of Bronson Parks and Recreation, the Town of Bronson on June 17 agreed to allow until June 29 for BPR proponents to produce five volunteers to sustain the department and its role in youth sports.

A somewhat contentious workshop between Bronson residents and the Town Council led to a provisional agreement. The workshop centered around the town stepping away from the sports complex and going to an all-volunteer run sports program. The town would maintain James H. Cobb Park while the direction, coaching and concession sales of the sports program would be handled by an all-volunteer organization.

BPR coaches and volunteers from the past requested another year for the BPR to try and salvage its existing program, which supports various youth leagues and teams, including football, soccer and basketball. BPR participants acknowledged frustrations over parents dropping off children and not staying to offer assistance or watch their children play and practice. However, one teacher/coach pointed out that’s an issue as school events as well.

It was noted that BPR remained within its budget the past five years.

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