Forecasts for the Chigger Chase are looking strong based on the number of entries turned in. During the Regional Park Authority Board Meeting Monday, it was reported 565 entries have been turned in to this point with an increase of sponsorships. The chase is Nov. 22 and registration is ongoing leading into the day of the race.

Teresa Ervin, Ardmore Parks and Recreation director, announced the hiring of Travis Buell as the new assistant director for the department. Buell has a wide variety of experience with parks and recreation, having worked in Norman, Mustang and with the Edmond YMCA, Ervin said. The position became vacant when Ervin was promoted to director in place of Kevin Boatright, who is now Ardmore assistant city manager and interim human resources director.

Ervin also announced the department has received its outdoor exercise equipment for the running trails and will install in during the spring.

During the meeting, Casey Russell was hired to do the authority’s audit and financial report. The board also donated $1,500 for Santa’s Workshop and $300 for the annual luncheon for parks staff.

There was also discussion regarding Dizzy’s amusement park located in Regional Park. There have been several inquiries regarding operation of the facility although none have bore fruit to this point. Ervin said there is an interested party she will meet with next week and said the city wants to move forward with the project. Harris Miniature Golf out of New Jersey will visit the facility to look at it and has provided renderings of holes.

The board also began discussion about what role it would take if the effort to renovate Dizzy’s moves forward although no decisions were made during the meeting.

The HFV Wilson Community Center and YMCA provided updates on current programs as well as reports and a report was provided for Lakeview Golf Course as well.