Representatives from the Morongo Tribe of Mission Indians will be coming to Idyllwild on April 2, according to Idyllwild Community Recreation Council Director Cheryl Vladika. She has applied to the tribe for a $10,000 grant to staff the Idyllwild Skate Park.

Tribal representatives want to inspect the ICRC’s Skate Park, Vladika reported, prior to deciding upon grant approval. The funds for additional staff will allow ICRC to maintain regular hours for the skate park. Vladika said the scheduled walk-through is good news because it indicates the grant request is being seriously considered.

In other business, Sonnier stated that failed ice rink proprietor Gary Steven has until April 1 to remove all equipment from the Idyllwild Community Center site. Steven still has not paid the $1,446.52 bills for water and electricity. Director Emily White said Steven had requested to make two payments. Steven’s rink, scheduled originally to open in November 2011, never opened. Steven cited equipment issues as the reason.

ICRC has begun ramping up its plans for constructing the playground on the ICC site. Vice President Dawn Sonnier’s intention is to replicate the community building event of Town Hall in the 1940s. She said that 100 to 200 volunteers are needed onsite each day of the scheduled five-day (June 13 to 17) project. For more information on the project, see

Finally, ICRC is considering adopting a fee schedule for use of the Idyllwild Community Center site. Whatever schedule the board adopts, the charges would be in the form of “suggested donations,” not a contractual fee.