It is the mission of the Walworth Parks and Recreation Department to provide diverse year-round leisure activities and facilities to our community that promote citizen involvement and a strong sense of community while striving to increase the social, cultural, and physical well-being of our residents. It is our goal to constantly improve our existing programs and parks for the enjoyment of our citizens.
We thought a turn in the weather was finally here… But alas as we are completing our summer Town Topics it is snowing and below freezing!
Rest assured the Summer will be here – and so will an abundance of fun, excitement, and continued growth for the department. We hope to see all of you at some (or many, or even better most!) of our programs and events over the summer!
Mid-June marks the return of the Ginegaw Park Farmers’ Market. As we enter our third season we continue to grow in both the number of vendors and rotating vendors we will offer week-to-week and in the scope of what we aim to accomplish at the market this year and years to come. At the mid-way point of the Town Topics you’ll find a special market pull-out. Keep this handy reference of the special events we have scheduled for this season. Along with some past favorites the market is featuring a Strawberry Social, Sweet Corn Festival, Pumpkin Festival, Trunk Sale, the return of wood-fired pizza from Big Papa’s, and a bevy of chicken barbeques. We’ve also added some new rotating vendors as Smoothies Plus, Gregorio’s Fresh Cheeses, and KP’s Kettle Corn join the fold. The market has become the heartbeat of the community on Tuesday afternoon’s. We look forward to continuing to grow the ties between the market and the community this Third Season and in the seasons to follow.
This June Walworth Recreation will be participating in the Relay For Life event at Richard Mann Elementary School in Gananda. The event takes place on Friday, June 5th. Walworth Recreation will be putting a team of walkers together to support the event and honor those who’ve been touched by cancer. We hope you’ll join us! Look for more information about our team and the event in the weeks to come. We will have a special section on our page on the town website with details.
The summer soccer season is approaching! We cannot stress enough the importance of registering early for soccer leagues. In order to provide shirts for players we must have firm team numbers a month ahead of our season start dates. If you’re thinking of playing don’t delay – sign up today! If you might be interested in coaching or refereeing this summer please contact the Recreation Department as well. We have so many wonderful and dedicated volunteers who coach but can always use extra help with teams. For more information about our Summer Soccer Leagues please see pages 20 & 21 of the Town Topics.
At the end of this school year we will be losing one of our most important colleagues in Pat Raidmae. When we took the leap of faith into providing half day activities for Gananda Elementary Students we did so leaning heavily on Pat. The details and intricacies of running a program that consistently draws 100 plus participants are immense and without Pat’s help these past three year’s we would never have attained the success we have had with the program – let alone been able to get it off the ground. We wish Pat nothing but the best in her retirement and cannot thank her enough for all she’s done over the years for us!
Our annual outdoor movie in conjunction with the Walworth Lions Club will show on Saturday, July 25th beginning at 8:45pm in Ginegaw Park during the Lions Club Festival in the Park. This year we invite families to come out and enjoy Disney’s smash hit comedic adventure Big Hero 6! Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets! The Walworth Friends of the Park will be selling refreshments at the event to support future programs and events. Festival fireworks immediately follow the movie.
We look forward to all this summer programming season has to offer. As always please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or comments regarding programming and other events. We continually strive to provide the highest quality programming possible!
Walworth Parks & Recreation
Kevin Weiss – Assistant Director 315.986.1400 ext 323
Linda Kleeman – Recreation Clerk 315.986.1400 ext 311
Mike Buckley, Ron Forman, & Dave Barmaster
Parks and Recreation Committee – Term Ends
Aimee Phillips 12/31/18
Suzi Hawkins-Mance 12/31/16
Mike Dermady 12/31/17
Amy Dier-Chirdon 12/31/15
Joe Leone 12/31/19
Steve Gallaher 12/31/15