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Kulick Community Center Task Force

Background

The Gerry Kulick Community Center is the City of Ferndale’s indoor/year-round public recreation facility and home to the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The Kulick Center serves a variety of purposes and audiences, including:

  • Indoor children’s play space
  • Community meeting space
  • Community event space (children’s parties, baby showers, etc.)
  • Youth sports and athletics clubs, classes, and open play
  • Home of the Ferndale Seniors Group
  • Home of the local Boys and Girls Club
  • Office headquarters for Ferndale Parks & Recreation administration and programming staff

The building is 90 years old and hasn’t undergone a serious renovation or upgrade since 2001, when it was converted from an elementary school to the current recreation center. With the Kulick Center in need of large-scale renovations and upgrades to meet building standards and programming needs, the City seeks a recommendation about the future home for Ferndale’s recreation programming, the "envelope" that will support the programming that our community wants and needs.

Task Force

In fall of 2018, Mayor Dave Coulter and Ferndale's City Council established a Kulick Center Task Force to assess the community’s recreation needs and recommend a plan for moving forward. They selected 10 residents to sit on this committee, representing diverse recreation users throughout the Ferndale community.

The main task force objectives include:

  • Review and discuss the needs assessment of the current building and future needs that have been identified by the City’s Park and Recreation Master Plan and the Master Land Use Plan.
  • Gain understanding of the challenges of the financial impacts on the City’s current and future budgets and financial implication on the potential committee recommendations.
  • Make a formal recommendation as it relates to the outcome and funding mechanisms for the Community Center.

Survey

As part of the process the City will distribute a community-wide digital survey, which will be promoted through the City's website, social media accounts, and via mail to a random selection of 1,000 residences. Everyone is encouraged to take and share the survey: your feedback will help the Kulick Community Center Task Force to make informed recommendations, and will assist City Council in its assessment and path forward.

Next Steps

The task force is scheduled to meet 4-6 times over the course of 4-5 months--roughly November 2018 through March 2019. At the committee's conclusion, they will be asked to make a recommendation or set of recommendations (which may or may not be unanimous) to Ferndale City Council. Council will then encourage community engagement as they consider recommendations and options.

Task Force Meeting Agendas

Task Force Meeting Minutes

Other Task Force Materials

Contact

Kulick Community Center Task Force staff liaisons:

  • Kara Sokol, Communications Director: ksokol@ferndalemi.gov 248-546-2501
  • LaReina Wheeler, Director of Parks and Recreation: lwheeler@ferndalemi.gov 248-582-3365
  • Sheryl Stubblefield, Director of Finance: sstubblefield@ferndalemi.gov 248-546-2377
  • Dan Mooney, Fusco, Schafer and Pappas, Architect: dmooney@fsparch.com 248-543-4100

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Kulick Center facility or task force process, please reach out to one of the staff liaisons listed above. We will arrange a meeting for you with the appropriate person(s).

Location

The pool is located at 14300 Oak Park Blvd, just three miles from Ferndale's city center.


Hours

The Oak Park Pool is open from mid June through late August—this year, Saturday, June 15, through Saturday, August 24.

Public open swim:

  • Monday 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Friday 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 to 6 p.m.

Note: the City of Oak Park Recreation Department reserves the right to close the pool due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

2019 Rates
Ferndale citizens receive the resident rate

Resident Open Swim Daily Fee

  • Ages 3 and Under: Free
  • Ages 4–54: $3
  • Ages 55+: $2

Non-Residents

  • Ages 3 and Under: Free
  • Ages 4–54: $5
  • Ages 55+: $4

Season Passes (Available at Pool Entrance)

Residents

  • Ages 4–54: $30
  • Ages 55+: $20

Non-Residents

  • Ages 4–54: $50
  • Ages 55+: $40

Water Safety Information

The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.

Lead and Your Public Drinking Water

Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.

PFAS and Your Public Drinking Water

Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.

PFAS Report: Southeast Ferndale

February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.

For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

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