Recreation Director’s Report

Recreation Director’s Report 

February 11, 2014

            February so far has been busy for the Recreation Department with people calling about summer programs like swim lessons, tennis & the annual town wide yard sale dates. Others have called to reserve the Recreation Area picnic pavilion while others call to inquire if the Disc Golf Course is accessible or not. It’s been good to have the Pittsford Recreation Area Road and it’s parking lot plowed so people can enjoy the Recreation Area on the daily basis. Shawn Erickson and the Highway Department crew have done a super job this season keeping things plowed out. It is now part of their regular snow removal routine. After talking with some of the people using the Recreation Area every day walking their dogs, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking all certainly appreciate it. The few times this winter when there has been enough snow the snowmobile trail worked well on the side of the travel portion of the road. The Recreation Area is certainly a multi-use location.

            The Recreation Department continues to offer a wide range of programming for the residents of Pittsford to enjoy. On Thursday, January 23, 2014 (luncheons normally are scheduled for the 4th Thursday of the month) the Recreation Department and the “Pittsford Seniors” sponsored our monthly luncheon at the VT Police Academy. 40 people attended this wonderful program. Chef Bob Fortin did an outstanding job preparing the ham & au gratin potatoes. The luncheons are meant to give local seniors a nutritious meal at an affordable price ($4.50 for people 60 and older & $6.00 for everyone else) so they can get out and socialize with neighbors and friends. The next luncheon is scheduled for February 27, 2014. The menu will be ranch baked chicken, wild rice pilaf, carrots and cherry pie for dessert. A salad bar is always available. All foods are homemade, including the soup, bread, and desserts.

On Friday, February 7, 2014, the Pittsford Recreation Department and the Maclure Library hosted our second of three Family Fun Nights of the winter, over 62 people attended. The theme for this Family Fun Night was “Knights in Pittsford”. Each event is held at the Vermont Police Academy. Family Fun Nights are for our local families with children in the third grade and younger. The Maclure Library supplies the wonderful art & craft projects. The Recreation Department is in charge of providing physical activities and games for families to take part in, such as “Giant Connect Four, Checkers, Chess, & Dart Ball”. Family Fun Nights are a fun way for the kids to burn-off some of their built up energy and allows parents to socialize a bit. The last Family Fun Night is March 7, 2014 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

            On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 during the Lothrop School Winter Recess the Recreation Department is sponsoring a School Break Fun Day. In the morning the group will go to the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center. After lunch the group will go swimming at the VAC Mitchell Therapy Pool. There is a minimum of twenty participants and a maximum of 30. I’d like to report that we have meant the minimum, and that typically the program sells out. Pittsford Recreation Department Kayla Desabrais, Swim Area Supervisor is the lead paid chaperone. Helping her will be Savannah Lynch who has worked many Recreation Department programs both as a volunteer and as a paid employee. There will also be a handful of middle school aged students who will help belay and assist the staff keep an eye on all the participants.

            The Annual Pittsford Town Report Dedication Ceremony is scheduled Wednesday, February 19, 2013 at 9:00 am in the Mary C. Crahan Conference Room at the Town Office.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 the Recreation Department will begin its eighth season of the Learn to ski & snowboard program at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. So far twenty-four students of various ages and skill levels will be participating in this four week program. The program is designed for around thirty students. (19-2013, 16-2012, 22-2011, 30-2010, 30-2009, & 23-2008). Students are divided in small groups based on skill level and each week will receive a one hour lesson from a Snow Bowl instructor. After each class the students have 2 hours to ski or ride. The kids who can demonstrate to their instructors that they are chair lift ready are given passes which allows them to ride a lift up and work on refining the skills they have learned as they descend the mountain. The remaining students, or beginners, continue to practice their stopping and turning in the “Discovery Zone” (a.k.a. bunny slope). It’s rewarding to see how much these kids have improved during the 4-week program. The goal for everyone is that by the end of the four weeks each and every child will be proficient enough to ride a chairlift up the mountain and ski or ride down a beginner trail in a controlled manner. The Snow Bowl instructors have been very professional working with our group. They have a great deal of knowledge and are able to pass that on to our skiers & riders.

I’m happy to report that the 2014 “Safe Sitter” babysitter class will run on Tuesday’s, March 4 – April 8 (3-5 pm) right after school in the Lothrop Library. This interactive program is for 11-13 year old students interested in becoming a “Safe Sitter” babysitter. Participants learn about child care essentials, injury prevention & management and how to care for choking kids.

The Pittsford Recreation Department is sponsoring a New Program

JAY PEAK PUMP HOUSE INDOOR WATERPARK BUS TRIP:

Winter getting you down?  A taste of summer fun in March will be the much needed boost to make it to spring.  Join the Brandon and Pittsford recreation departments on a bus trip to the Jay Peak Pump House Indoor Waterpark.  Splash and play in the pools, hot-tubs and on the waterslides.  Fancy yourself a daredevil?  Give the Double Barrel Flowrider a try.  Or relax on a tube in the Big River.  This is a family trip; children will need a parent or adult that will be responsible for their well-being as chaperones are not provided! Transportation will be provided by RNESU Transportation.

WHEN:          Saturday, March 22, 2014

WHERE:        830 Jay Peak Road, Jay, VT 05859

TIMES:          9:00 am Bus leaves OV parking lot                (full itinerary available at www.pittsfordvermont.com)

                        9:30 pm Bus returns to OV parking lot

FEE:               $45 per person 16 and older & $40 per person 15 and under

Payment MUST be received no later than 5 pm February 28th  (Tickets Sold 1st come/1st Served basis, limited seating available!

*In conjunction with the Brandon Recreation Dept.