The board of the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council reviewed challenges it is facing and noted some bright spots at its Monday, Dec. 12 meeting. The successes include a likely grant to help staff and run the Idyllwild Skate Park (ISP) and increased attendance at the park.

New board member Cheryl Vladika submitted a $15,000 grant proposal to the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. Vladika reported the grant request, accompanied with a fully documented presentation, was well received. Tribal representatives told Vladika she would be first on their January agenda. The Morongo are one of the most community involved tribal governments, with a long history of assisting neighboring communities. Vladika said she would find out about the grant in early January.

Challenges the board faces include the possibility that the Riverside County Building and Safety Department may require engineering for the proposed playground at the Idyllwild Community Center site. Were that to occur, said acting chair Dawn Sonnier, it would require significantly more money than has already been raised. The board also discussed the unfinished status of the seasonal ice-skating rink, being built by a private company. Scheduled to open the weekend of Nov. 25, the rink has still not opened and looks far from finished. Sonnier expressed frustration and said she had no idea when it would open.

In other business, Sonnier reported that Kari Arnson, who had previously served as director and was considering serving again, has declined. That leaves the board short one director.

The popular ICRC Speaker Series next features Doug Austin as Charles Dickens on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Silver Pines Lodge. Read more here.