Jul 252013

File photo from a park & Rec meeting

File photo from a park & Rec meeting

The Orange Park & Recreation Department met Wednesday night at Town Hall.

First up on the discussion was the update on the Wolfe Park renovation phases.

Also, FYI: The Racebrook Tract is now cleared of most of the downed trees from the storms and safe for people to walk.

Commissioner Jim Ronai asked who takes care of the baseball fields at Old Tavern Park primarily Brinley Field, which needs work because balls are bouncing and hitting players in the face and other parts of the body during games, whereas on a properly maintained field that doesn’t happen.

Director Dan Lynch said he would look into it.

Rauch Field Scoreboard was replaced, Orange Little League paid for it.

All Park & Rec summer programs have begun. there are openings for day camp and mini camp.

Also, there is a spotlight in the parking lot of Puerto Vallarta that is blinding players at bat and could be to blame for players getting hit by the ball.

Ronai said he spoke with someone who maintains the property and they are willing to change the angle of the light so the remainder of the season will be safer for the players.

Dec 112012

The Orange Park & Rec Department, 525 Orange Center Road, offers a 3 day December Multi-Sport Camp for grades K-6 by Fun Sportz America.

This three day vacation camp is a wonderful opportunity for your children to participate in group activities, team games and basic sport exercises.

Call the Park & Rec at 203-891-4790 for information or to register.

Programs and costs are:

Activity # 216801-A

Wednesday, Dec. 26 – Friday, Dec. 28
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Activity # 216801-B

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Will take place in the High Plains Community Center Gymnasium.

The Park & Rec Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Oct 032012

A new beginners chess program has been proposed for the Park & Rec Department. (photo from www.VETTON)

Ryan Young, a Senior at Amity, went before the Park And Rec Commission at its September meeting to propose a new chess program for children and adults.

Ryan explained that he learned the game at the tender age of 4 and never lost his love for it.

He wants to run a program that brings beginners together and help them understand the game to the point where they can compete in a lower level tournament.

“I want to raise chess appreciation,” he said.

Often people ‘blow off’ playing chess because they don’t understand what’s going on during the games.

By the end of the program, Ryan would like his ‘students’ to be able to appreciate and play the game, as well as watch a high level competition and understand what is going on.

The Commissioners had a lively conversation about the program and two in particular, Jim Ronai and Jim O’Connor, whose children had participated in chess instructional programs over the years, spoke of its value.

After much discussion, the Commission agreed that Young’s class, starting with 12 to 16 participants would be an asset to the Park & Rec programs.

For more information or to express your interest, call the Park & Rec office at 891-4790.