Dear Lakesiders,
In an effort to keep you up-to-date on Lakeside happenings, the Lakeside Chautauqua Board and staff would like to inform you about recent developments. Below, you'll find information about the Master Plan process, new pickleball courts, the Board-approved 2018 admission fees and a snapshot for next summer. 
Master Plan Moving Forward
By the end of the 2017 summer, Lakesiders had participated in many community engagement opportunities to help plan Lakeside's future as part of the Master Planning process. More than 100 Lakesiders participated in the initial Master Planning Workshop, and 200 attended the second workshop to review preliminary concepts. The Lakeside Master Plan website has generated more than 2,000 total visitors and hundreds of comments, and the process overall has generated more than 3,000 comments from the community. 
 
To review the preliminary concepts, visit www.lakesidemasterplan.com. These preliminary concepts included a new entrance to Lakeside and visions for the Lakeside Schoolhouse. In addition, with the popularity of pickleball on the rise, dedicated pickleball courts were envisioned as a recreational feature south of the Williams Tennis Campus, and concepts for the waterfront included new ideas for the beach, dock and sailing center.
 
MKSK is actively synthesizing the data and input provided by the community and will begin to finalize the Master Plan, which will be presented to the community next summer.
Lakeside Builds Dedicated Pickleball Courts
The preliminary Master Plan includes the addition of pickleball courts near the Williams Tennis Campus. Lakeside was first introduced to pickleball five years ago when we lined the first pickleball court in Central Park. Since then, interest continued to grow and the number of adults, teens and children who play has increased. 
 
Additional asphalt courts were lined in Perry Park and the Williams Tennis Campus. Multiple generations gathered daily to play and new programs were formed as a result. This past summer, a formal pickleball program was implemented, including round robin play, a weekly introduction to pickleball class and formal pickleball tournaments. These programs used the two asphalt tennis courts at the Williams Tennis Campus.
 
The growth in the sport this summer caused many conflicts over playing time between tennis and pickleball on the asphalt courts. At times, there were more than 25 people waiting to play on the four pickleball courts, which were already filled with players. This demonstrated the need for dedicated pickleball courts.  
 
Lakeside pickleball lovers began to investigate the possibility of building pickleball courts near the Williams Tennis Campus. The Board named a Pickleball Taskforce to investigate building the courts.
 
The Pickleball Taskforce included: Mike Bettencourt; Doug Bohl; Jeff Chaney; Jeff DePerro; Eric Fudo; Dick Hubbard; Tom Jones; Kim Miraldi; Margie Shade; Mike Swallow; Liz Williams; Randy Snow, Lakeside Chautauqua Board Chair; Bill Drackett, Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Chair; Kevin Sibbring, Lakeside Chautauqua President/CEO; Dan Dudley, Lakeside Chautauqua CFO/COO; and Gretchen Colon, Senior V.P. of Advancement & Communications. 
 
As the taskforce investigated building the courts, members of the Lakeside community, who were pickleball enthusiasts, began to raise funds with the assistance of the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation. As the plan came together, it was clear that the building of the courts could be 100% funded with the committed donations, independent of the Lakeside budget.  
 
At the November Board meeting, the plan was presented and the Board approved moving forward with building the dedicated pickleball courts south of the Williams Tennis Campus. Eight courts will be built in this space along with a central gathering area for socialization. There is still room on the site for possible future expansion, if demand continues to grow .
 
The plan for building the eight courts attempts to preserve green space and as many of the larger trees as possible. In general, the plan calls for green space to remain along the fence line to the South and along the walking path to the North, and the Southeast corner of the site next to Plum Avenue will remain relatively undisturbed.
 
The project will begin in December , and courts will be completed by next summer. This is a great opportunity for Lakeside to expand its recreational options with funding coming through generous donors.        
2018 Admission Fees
Each November, the Finance Committee begins the budget review process for the upcoming year and determines the sources of revenue that will be needed to support our Chautauqua program.
 
The Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors' Finance Committee met several times during October and November to develop the admission prices for the coming year. The work of the Finance Committee was presented to the Board at the November meeting. The Board approved a modest increase of $0.75 per Adult Daily Pass and $0.50 per Youth Daily Pass. The Board also approved modest increases for the Adult Season Pass of $20 and the Youth Season Pass of $10. 
 
Last year, Lakeside included 12-year-olds in the free-of-charge youth passes, making admission free to everyone age 12 & under. In order to continue to attract children and young adults to Lakeside, the Board of Directors approved extending the range of the lower priced Youth Daily Pass and Youth Season pass to included ages up to 24-years-old. The age range for the Youth Daily Pass and Youth Season Pass will be ages 13-24.
 
In summary, the Adult Daily Pass will be $23.50, and the Youth Daily Pass will be $15.50 for the 2018 Chautauqua season. An Adult Season Pass will be $730, and the Youth Season Pass will be $420 if they are purchased before May 31, 2018.
 
The Finance Committee will continue working on the budget throughout the winter, with the budget ultimately being approved by the Board at its February meeting. Lakeside's fiscal year begins April 1.
2018 Chautauqua Program Taking Shape
Join us next summer as we celebrate Lakeside's 145th anniversary!
  • May 27 Guest Preacher: U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry C. Black
  • Week 4 Chautauqua Lecture Series Theme: Jane Austen at 200
  • Week 7 Chautauqua Lecture Series Theme: U.S. Founding Fathers
  • August 3: Prayer Breakfast with AndrĂ© Thornton
  • August 3: Sandi Patty - Multiple Dove and Grammy Award-winning artist returns to sing hymns of faith and songs of inspiration
  • Week 9 Preacher of the Week: The Rev. Dr. Jerry Root
Stay Tuned
Even though signs of winter are upon us, it remains a busy time in Lakeside. There are so many exciting activities, and we remain committed to keeping you informed.
 
Sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletters for information on #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Also, join us on Saturday, Dec. 9 for "A Lakeside Christmas." For more information about this new event, visit www.lakesideohio.com/christmas.
 
As Thanksgiving approaches, enjoy the holiday with family and friends. If you have further questions, email president@lakesideohio.com.
In the spirit of Chautauqua,
 

Kevin Sibbring
Lakeside Chautauqua, President/CEO
 
  
 
 
Bill Drackett
Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, Chair  
 
Randy Snow Signature
Randy Snow
Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors, Chair