A cooperative agreement approved between the City of Garden City and the Garden City Recreation Commission at Tuesday’s regular city commission meeting.

The agreement comes after the city hired Aaron Stewart, superintendent of GCRC, as the director of the city’s public works department.

Stewart’s hiring offered an opportunity to realign groupings of departments and to explore the logistics of dissolving the GCRC to create a city parks and recreation department.

In reviewing the legal process to dissolve the GCRC, it found it would take at least six months to a year.

The cooperative agreement was created to allow the GCRC to contract with the city for the delivery of recreation programming and administrative services.

The agreement also begins the effort to formally combine both agencies to begin the transition of employees and assets with a presumed target date for of Jan. 1, 2022, to combine operations.