Feb 282014

people-running-marathon-race-competing-fitness-healthy-active-lifestyle-feet-road-31057324The Feb. 26 Orange Park and Recreation Commission meeting moved along fairly fast with very few items on the agenda and the absence of Park and Rec Director Dan Lynch.
Two upcoming 5k road races will use the certified route used in the Chilly Chili Run.
On May 17, the annual Peck Place School race will begin at High Plains Community Center instead of the school (due to the renovation project).
PTO President Sabra Donovan spoke to the commission about the new venue, which was just a courtesy for the record, as Lynch already had approved it.
Commission chairman Joe Lembo introduced a letter from Jane Opper, regarding the second annual Doc’s Race —   named in honor of the late George “Doc” Whitney, a spirited gentleman who began running in his senior years, and inspired others to do the same. Doc passed away in February 2013, just 7 weeks after completing the New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run at the age of 94.
Proceeds from Doc’s Race go to the Orange Country Fair, an event in which Doc was involved for many years. Last year it raised $2,500, and this year organizers hope to bring in even more.
A Request From The Commissioners
The warmer temperatures that we experienced recently may have thinned the ice at Wright’s Pond, which has been used on and off this winter, depending on the weather.
Residents and visitors are asked to heed the warning signs and use caution if they are unsure of the thickness of the ice.
If you’ve passed by this week you may have noticed a chair and/or shovel abandoned on the ice. Eventually, the ice will melt and anything left out there will sink.
So, please, take whatever you bring onto the ice with you when you leave.

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