Warsaw Parks Department offering online reservations

The era of handwritten reservations for Warsaw’s parks department is expected to end Friday.

That’s when the Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department will begin using a new feature on the city’s website that will benefit staff and patrons.

Parks Superintendent Larry Plummer told the park board they expect to go live with the service on Friday.

The new features come through Civic Rec, a cloud-based software program focused on recreational services, which is one of the features available through Civic Plus, a website development company that caters to municipalities and counties, including Warsaw.

The service will allow the public to reserve facilities, register for park programs and pay for fees and tickets.

The service will allow the city to build databases that can be used for mass emails, record keeping and planning. It also can run point-of-sale reports, which go to the clerk treasurer and had been done on paper, Plummer said.

“It just makes things a lot simpler,” Plummer said. “There’s a lot of tools we want to implement. We’re slowly doing that.”

When the program is available, Plummer said the public can access it by going to warsaw.in.gov/parks.

In other matters, the park board renewed a longstanding agreement with the Warsaw Community Tennis Association in which the city pays the group up to $6,000 for instruction and supervision for programs at Warsaw Community High School.

The exact total is based on the number of participants.