Notes In A Nutshell: Park & Rec News

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Jan 082014

The Park & Rec Commission gathers before its July 25 meeting.

A file photo of the Park & Rec Commission 

A brief look at the Dec. 18 meeting:

The Park & Rec Commission is still anxious to receive a report on the Camp Programs it offers, which have seen a decline in enrollment.

Chairman Joe Lembo said this also reflects in the decreasing school enrollment in town.

OLD BUSINESS included the approval of Leslie Giovanelli’s new exercise program, and the use of Old Tavern Park Fields for Amity High School Use at the end of its season.

Updates on the Fred Wolfe Park Renovation project. Residents came out on Oct. 23 to ask any questions and air concerns about the proposal. It appears that architects from Fuss and O’Neill satisfactorily answered all the queries and the Park & Rec added the project to the meeting as an agenda item.

Lembo said the presented plan, with the Commission’s changes and recommendations should be approved. He added that DEEP Grant money would be very helpful and that they should apply for whatever is available for such a project.

He suggested that the project would be planned in phases as Old Tavern Park had been done.

The discussion was tabled until the January meeting.

In November, Steve Bespuda and Chris Small attended a Recycling Committee meeting in the hopes to iron out any concerns that group had regarding recycling efforts at Park & Rec sponsored events in town.

Small borrowed stands with clear plastic bags as recycling receptacles for the Rotary’s Turkey Trot Road Race and the Holiday Festival, according to Bespuda, but both were windy days, and they were not used a much as they could have been. “But it’s a start.”

Park & Rec Director Dan Lynch said his office hopes to be approved for a new lease for a new copy machine in June.

Director’s Report: The Parks Crew trimmed the tree on the Town Green for the Holiday Festival.

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Orange Live is posting this meeting now because the original story was lost when our work computer crashed.