Several citizens spoke out against a plan to outsource the management of youth sports programs currently managed by the City of El Dorado Recreation Department to the El Dorado YMCA at a public forum at the Civic Center Wednesday evening

Several citizens spoke out against a plan to outsource the management of youth sports programs currently managed by the City of El Dorado Recreation Department to the El Dorado YMCA at a public forum at the Civic Center Wednesday evening.

Among the crowd were coaches, parents, concerned citizens and ElDorado Recreation and YMCA respresentives.

El Dorado City Manager David Dillner said the plan was to transfer management of the youth sports programs to the El Dorado YMCA and use the resources previously allocated to Recreation Programming to upgrade the El Dorado parks and recreation facilities.

The YMCA would be allowed to use the City of El Dorado Rec facilities, potentially for a fee.

El Dorado Rec is funded mostly through the city’s general fund. USD 490 contributes no funding to El Dorado Recreation.

With the Rec and the YMCA in preliminary discussions, there were many unclear details that could not be answered by either Dillner or El Dorado YMCA Branch Director Jessica Rall.

The main concerns of the the citizens that spoke at the meeting was if they could stay in the current leagues they compete in, if the youth would have to belong the YMCA in order to compete, will the fees to play increase and how much money the city would be reallocating to upgrading facilities.

Several volunteer coaches also expressed a desire to be able to keep their current teams. All the parents and coaches that spoke said they would find another place to play if the program shifted to YMCA leagues and away from the current leagues.

Dillner said the wish of the city was the youth sports programs stay in the current leagues that include the Walnut Valley League for basketball and the Heights League for baseball and softball.

Rall was unsure if that was possible if there was a shift to the YMCA. That information had not been obtained yet.

Dillner also expressed that participants would not have to belong to the YMCA to compete in youth sports. He also said no full time employee would be losing their jobs and the only cuts made will be to operational cost for competition such as game officals. Those costs would shift to the YMCA as well as those opportunities.

There was no clear answer to how much money would be reallocated to the facilities but it was shared that the total annual budget for the Parks and Recreation Department is approximately $900,000.

Before a decision will be made, there will be another public forum to get more input from citizens.