First and foremost among his experiences was the opening of the Bacon Aquatic Center, which has been a great success, with the exception of the mudslide which caused a temporary closing of the pool for a couple of days. The adjoining hill has since been re-shaped and new sod laid, though, so things are a "go" again, as summer winds down.
Rollison said he has become "very proficient" at filling and emptying the pool since he's had to do it four times this summer. The Bacon Aquatic Center has a staff of 56, including concessions and admission staff and 36 lifeguards.
Rollison formerly worked at Tyson's for 13 1/2 years, but served as a volunteer with the city soccer program for the last several years, and for the last couple of years contracted with the city to run both the soccer and disc golf programs. He is a self-described "soccer freak," and one of his goals is to expand the city soccer program to include a co-ed, all ages, "family" soccer program, including indoor soccer over the winter months.
They have moved soccer games to Sundays this year because of a conflict with "padded football" games, and Rollison said they have participants in the soccer program from Primghar, Paullina, Calumet, Marcus, and Aurelia in addition to Cherokee.
Disc Golf has also had a successful summer, with some 20-40 people usually competing in tournaments.
Other programs under Rollison's department include the Hershey Track Meet, co-ed adult softball, and adult volleyball and basketball.