The Park and Recreation Commission met tonight at the Orange Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. Much of the meeting was dedicated to the Fred Wolfe Park project.
Girls Lacrosse Field Request
Bill McNeil speaking on hopes for Girls’ Lacrosse field expansion at Fred Wolfe Park
Girls lacrosse is the fastest growing sport around, High Plains is much too crowded. 170 players in Orange.
McNeil did his homework on the history of the park, a recent walk-through of the land, found it would be perfect for LAX fields, except now, it is overgrown and filled with invasive plants (bittersweet etc) that are choking the trees.
It will take a lot of money to put grass/turf fields in at no expense to the town (It will be collected through fund-raising)
Jeff Ocheski from Fuss and O’Neil, the same firm hired to do the plans for the Wolfe Park redevelopment.
Commissioners said that none of the fields would be sports specific (ie just lacrosse of just soccer, etc.)
The park could accommodate football games as well. The master plan includes a 400 meter running track/walking track and bathrooms.
The town is hoping for state grant money to become available, and allowing McNeil and his group to begin preparing their desired site may actually get the ball rolling sooner.
Lighting would be the least invasive to neighbors as possible, according to Park & Rec Chairman Joe Lembo.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the bathrooms and building for equipment storage, etc needs to be strategically placed so the overall plan for the 64-acre is fluid. A one-acre dog park also would be a desired addition to the park. Zeoli said a STEEP grant is available now, and this would be a perfect project for the grant, as it would fall under the quality of life portion of the grant.
It was suggested that a second entrance leading to the park should be built to give the residents on Hollow Road a break.
Residents on Hemlock and surrounding streets should be informed of any changes that will be taking place at Fred Wolfe Park.
There will be a Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Sept. 10 regarding the plans for Fred Wolfe Park. Residents are more than welcome to attend and offer their input.
Dan Lynch – Old Business
A Park & Rec sub committee will make recommendations about improving fields.
Overused fields get “tired” and worn.
The town pool had regular maintenance and will re-open on Sept. 8. new starting blocks will be in.
Day camp numbers were down this year, but successful none-the-less.
Registration for some fall programs are already open, but other fall program registrations will begin on Sept. 2 for town residents. A week later for non-residents.