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Notes In A Nutshell: Park and Rec

Lawn mower, dump truck, Fred Wolfe Park discussed

• The Park and Recreation Commission's budget presentation to the Board of Finance reportedly was well received.

• The Pyramid Shriners want to host a car and truck show in September and the board granted the group a rain date for the following weekend.

Winter Matters

• The N'ice Rink wasn't used this year due to the mild weather.

• The Park and Rec 98 children signed up for the Ski Bums program, which ended on Feb. 10 and the group only lost one week of activity because of rain.

• The February Vacation Camp boasted and enrollment of 43 kids for the 4 day program.

• Sports camp was helat the middle school during the same week.

New Business

• The Orange Lions Club requested to use the Fairgrounds for a Craft and Music Fair on Saturday, June 23 from 4-10 p.m. The Commission discussed the issue for quite some time, including security issues, permits needed, and how the beer would be distributed. In the end, the commission tabled the matter until later this month so they can get the answers they need to make an informed decision.

• The Commission discussed the selection of a contractor to improve "everything" at Fred Wolfe Park. There were nine submissions to the Request for Qualifications and they were rated from 1st to 9th. The commission chose Fuss and O'Neill and now they will start negotiations. Wolfe Park has four very busy soccer fields, the parking lot is not paved and work there was never completed. Funds ($20,000) will come from the capital planning budget.


• In the Chairman's Report, he announced that there is $400,000 for all capital projects in town and it doesn't take long for it to disappear. The Park and Rec's priority items are a large lawn mower to replace the one that broke 2 years ago — the machine is needed to cut the playing fields in town. A dump truck is second on the list. The current truck is a 1991 model with 65,000 miles on it with a lot of wear and tear from carrying loads around town. The department also needs a pickup truck with a plow to replace the old one that was a hand-me-down from public works.

• The Commission is waiting to hear from the Board of Finance for their decision.

amy burns March 08, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Happy to hear Fred Wolfe Park will be receiving some attention. What will this entail? Bathrooms, paving and removing the wood chip mountain? Let's put some money into building bathrooms, an equipment shed and possibly lights. This is a beautiful park Orange should be proud of, now let's take it to the next level!
Terri Miles March 09, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Amy, the Commission put out a Request for Qualifications and chose Fuss and O'Neill, NOW the improvement plans will be decided upon, but paving the parking lot is definitely one of them. I'll keep everyone informed as it progresses.
Ron Arbour March 09, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Is the damage at the end of Clark and Derby Milford Road intersection caused by the repair of the power outage there last year scheduled to be cleared up?

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