La Jolla leisure center has a new director


Jesse DeLille, director of the La Jolla Recreation Center, is leaving after two years, along with assistant director Shane Masek.

As of Monday, November 1, Nicholas Volpe will be the new director of the recreation center at 615 Prospect Street. A deputy director has yet to be named, Rosalia Castruita, head of the San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, said in the October 27 virtual meeting. of the La Jolla Community Recreation Group, the advisory board of the Recreation Center.

DeLille and Masek were promoted within the parks and recreation department, Castruita said. Their last day at La Jolla Rec Center was October 29.

DeLille will now oversee the Canyonside Community Park at Rancho Peñasquitos, while Masek will be the director of the Allied Gardens Recreation Center.

Volpe, who was previously part-time recreation manager at the Pacific Beach Rec Center, visited the center in La Jolla the last week of October as part of the transition, Castruita said.

“Her experience will be very beneficial for our department,” she said.

DeLille was “a brilliant director. We will miss you, ”said Dan McCandless, president of the non-profit Friends of La Jolla recreation center.

CRG member Alan Dulgeroff said: “I just got really impressed with Jesse. … You care so much about the park and the people in it. And I can’t imagine the park without you.

“That’s why we’re in there,” DeLille said, “to make those connections and see all of these people.”

Other CRG news

Officer Elections: The members of the CRG board of directors unanimously decided to postpone the officer elections until the city provides clear guidelines on holding the elections in a virtual meeting.

The elections for officers have been postponed since the summer. MAF member Gail Forbes, who heads the group’s nominating subcommittee, said the city had not updated its draft procedures for virtual meetings, which were quickly cobbled together in early 2020. of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further, Forbes said: “There is no obligation to change officers.”

CRG member Jon Wiggins offered to table an election “until the city provides us with a framework with which to operate in the future.”

Holiday decorations: The CRG unanimously voted to form a sub-committee of volunteers to work with the recreation center staff to decorate the center over the next few weeks for the holidays.

Forbes, Wiggins and board member Karen Wiggins agreed to form the subcommittee to help collect and use the decorations currently stored at the center, such as LED lights and inflatables.

The large tree on the grounds of the Recreation Center will not be lighted this year. DeLille said the tree is so tall that a crane is needed to turn on the lights, so the center has opted for low-maintenance decorations that don’t require entry permits, such as staff from the city hanging lights from the roof and volunteers decorating areas accessible from the ground.

Forbes said hiring a company to turn on the tree lights would cost nearly $ 1,000. In addition, the processing of an access permit request takes approximately 45 days. At this point in the year, that would mean there would be no light until mid-December.

“The problem is the access and security factor,” Forbes said. “The branches are very brittle. It is a very dense foliage. It is very difficult for an average person to move around the tree in a safe manner to adapt the lights to the branches of the tree and to connect to the electricity.

CRG member Jill Peters asked if the lights could be hung from the tree and left on year-round.

Castruita said leaving the lights on all year round could be a liability issue. “There are a lot of questions I need to address” before giving an answer, she said.

Dulgeroff said he would like the board to start planning holiday decorations for 2022 in the summer so that there is enough time for tree lighting, which he said “the community considered a long-standing holiday tradition “.

La Jollans wondered if these parasols at the Leisure Center are new.

(James Rudolph)

Umbrellas: Following comments from users of the recreation center about the ‘new’ umbrellas on the outdoor tables, DeLille said the umbrellas were purchased two years ago but not extinguished when the center was closed during the pandemic. .

He said staff at the recreation center now pull out umbrellas when the weather “warrants.”

Next meeting : The La Jolla Community Recreation Group will then meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, online. For more information, call (858) 552-1658. ??


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