ummer is just about over, and the weather in Sun City is slowly returning to “simply lovely.”
I hope that everyone had the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate, relax and perhaps travel to see family and friends (and escape the heat) as the world continues returning to normal post-COVID (-ish) levels of activity.
Nothing over the summer recess for the board during July and August slowed Recreation Centers of Sun City projects down in any way whatsoever.
The Viewpoint Lake renovation/relining project is well underway and continues with on-site meetings between property owners and Pacific Aquascape International. These one-on-ones have really helped to ease the process for many along the waterfront. Communicating specific expectations and requirements necessary for each lot has helped to take away much of their concerns.
Drainage of the lake has stayed fairly close to schedule despite monsoon rains (which are both a blessing and a curse to those who remain here year-round). However, there have been some complications with the pumping and storage of water over at the Lakes East/West Golf Course, 10433 W. Talisman Road.
Replacement pickleball courts at Lakeview Center, 10626 W. Thunderbird Blvd., for those being temporarily removed from the Mountain View property, 9749 N. 107th Ave., is another body of work that continued to be addressed over the summer as the design team works to finalize the schematic design for the project. Meetings with CCBG Architects, along with consultations involving Elite Sports Builders and input from the Sun City Pickleball Club, should ensure that the final project design fits within the allotted area while making sure that the players have the necessary amenities for safety and comfort.
Other collaborative efforts between the board, management and RCSC members include additional access/safety measures being installed at Duffeeland Dog Park, 14610 N. Del Webb Blvd.; Oakmont, 10725 W. Oakmont Drive; and Fairway, 10600 W. Peoria Ave., centers, plus design work underway for the softball clubhouse and equipment storage building adjacent to the Sun Bowl, 10220 N. 107th Ave.
Lots of preventive maintenance work happened over the summer, too! A little bit of inconvenience here and there means systems get monitored and small jobs attended to before big breakdowns occur, helping to save us all money and aggravation in the long run.
We are all charging full steam ahead into fall now that board and committee meetings resumed. Many RCSC members are also looking forward to the return of the Sun Bowl shows on Sunday evenings starting in late-September — a great gathering place for music lovers. Sit back and relax, dance and enjoy! These special evenings are always free for RCSC members/cardholders and their escorted guests.
Those interested in serving on the RCSC Board of Directors must have their candidate packets returned to the corporate/board office at Lakeview Center, 10626 W. Thunderbird Blvd., no later than noon Friday, Oct. 7. Candidate forums will take place in October as well 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the auditorium at Sundial Center, 14801 N. 103rd Ave. Online voting will begin Monday, Nov. 7 and end on election day 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, when in-person voting will take place in Lakeview social hall.
The RCSC annual membership meeting will take place 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Sundial auditorium if there is a quorum. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. You can find more information about the proxy voting process on the website at www.suncityaz.org/rcsc/corporate-documents/ under Forms.
Let’s work together. In the end, I truly believe we all wish for the same result.
Editor's Note: Dale Lehrer is Recreation Centers of Sun City board president.