Storm Damage Closes CRRC Rec Center as Charity Cancels Golf Tournament, Downsizes

CRRC Executive Director Sean Bailey, left, with Operations Director Mike Slough at a Rec Center event on April 7. Facebook image.
CRRC Executive Director Sean Bailey, left, with Operations Director Mike Slough at a Rec Center event on April 7. Facebook image.

The Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake (CRRC) Rec Center will remain closed indefinitely due to damage sustained during heavy storms on April 20.

On Facebook, CRRC said it’s in the process of inspecting the facility, located at 125 Mabel Jones Dr., and assessing the damage.

“While the community center serves as a fun place, we at CRRC will always prioritze safety for our residents,” the page’s administrator said.

The closure came on the heels of another important Facebook announcement by Canyon Lake’s preeminent charity.

Increased requests for financial aid and food assistance, specifically for small children, caused the CRRC to “pivot away” from and cancel its May 19 Drive Out Hunger in Comal County golf tournament, an annual event.

“Although we’ll miss everyone on the golf course this year, we hope you’ll decide to partner with us on Family Fest, which plugs directly into the children of Canyon Lake and the surrounding areas,” an administrator said on Facebook.

Family Fest is scheduled for Aug. 11 at the Rec Center. Charities, vendors and others who provide services for children set up booths in the Rec Center. Each child receives a backpack filled with school supplies.

To register to receive a backpack or sign up as a sponsor click here.

CRRC also this month decided to downsize and let go of Director of Operations Mike Slough, who has worked for the organization for years.

Executive Director Sean Bailey said Slough’s position was deemed redundant due to their overlapping responsibilities.

“I have been in the position for 10 months now and part of my responsibility is evaluating all the employees we have, their role, and is it required or can a volunteer fill that position,” he said in an April 13 email to MyCanyonLake.

“As a nonprofit, I am always very conscious of the fact that all our funds are from donors, either individuals, donations to the Thrift Store, or major funders, and we have a responsibility to ensure we maximize every dollar donated,” Bailey said. “When we reviewed the Director of Operations role it was decided that there was a great deal of duplication with respect to responsibilities with the Executive Director role.”

Slough’s position was created two years ago.

Bailey said the CRRC gave Slough a six-week notice and provided additional support.

“This move is not a reflection on Mike Slough, his performance, or contributions to the CRRC,” he said. “It was a business decision based on efficiencies and the best use of donor funds.”

Slough now serves on the board of Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society (CLASS) where his responsibilities include writing grants.

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  1. Oh so now we know the reason why a decision was also made to close over half of the thrift store to add more PARKING spaces!!!! A newly created executive director!!! Ha! This is totally uncalled for…
    i understand it’s so they can hold classes and have space for parking!!! What a stupid reason… to close most of the store…which should be a moneymaker, since they get all of their goods FREE! Oh yes close that down and put parking in!!!! You have a big building that stands empty most of the time…
    where food is given out. Workout a time to have those classes… Closing the thrift store makes no sense!!!!!

  2. The closure affects only the Community/Senior Center building, not the gym which remains open for dance and exercise.

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