Recreation Director’s Report

Recreation Director’s Report                                                           February 9, 2016

            February is a very busy time of year for the Recreation Department with our winter programming, people calling about summer programs like swim lessons and the annual town wide yard sale dates. People have called to reserve the Recreation Area picnic pavilion while others call to inquire if the Disc Golf Course is accessible or not. The two or three times (so far) this winter 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 a daily basis. Over the years Shawn Erickson and the Highway Department crew have done a super job keeping the Recreation Area accessible. The Recreation Area is certainly a busy multi-use location for residents to enjoy.

            The Recreation Department is current looking for a Swimming Area Supervisor-Swim Instructors. Here is the link to the Town of Pittsford website:

            Also the Recreation Department is currently looking for a Day Camp Director. Here is the link to the Town of Pittsford website:

            On Friday, 2/5/16 I was at the Recreation Area with the Town Manger and met with Josh Carvajal, P.E. CFM, Rivers Program, Agency of Natural Resources, and Department of Environmental Conservation. John Haverstock is in the early process of evaluating whether or not a new bridge is needed over Sugar Hollow Brook at the Recreation Area. The current town-owned bridge at the Recreation Area has 1988 written in the concrete of the south-eastern corner. The Town Manager is working with engineers Mark Youngstrom and Craig Jewett of Otter Creek Engineers to get a true cost of a new structure. To do this it must be determined what type bridge or culvert will be needed at the location. Mr. Haverstock believes with all the talk about clean waters and more grants becoming available for clean watersheds that the timing might be right. The Recreation Department has been putting the bridge on the long-term Capital Expenditures List with no estimated cost, over the past few years as a way to remind people that a new bridge will be needed sometime in the future. FYI-Capital Investments are a minimum of $2500 and have a useful life of five years or more.

            The Recreation Department continues to offer a wide range of programming for the residents of Pittsford to enjoy. On Thursday, January 21, 2016 (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. 48 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 ($5.00 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 25, 2016. 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 5, 2016, the Pittsford Recreation Department and the Maclure Library hosted our second of three Family Fun Nights of the winter, according to Kelly Connaughton over 40 kids attended. I’d like to thank Kelly Connaughton for representing the Recreation Department for us to free me up so I was able to attend the two championship games at the Bob Ward Memorial Basketball Tournament in Proctor that Lothrop 5/6 grade teams were in. The theme for this Family Fun Night was “Pirates of 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 & the climbing tunnels”. 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 4, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 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. Last year this program was full. Pittsford Recreation Department has Isabelle Kingsley and Jonna Keith co-leading this group. Both are currently lifeguards for the Recreation Department. Helping them are Olivia Drew and Charlotte Hudson both have worked many Recreation Department programs both as volunteers and as a paid employees. There will also be up to 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 for Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 9:00 am in the Lothrop Gym.

Sunday, February 28, 2016 the Recreation Department will begin its ninth season of the Learn to ski & snowboard program at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. The program is designed for around thirty students. Last year because both Brandon and Pittsford Recreation Directors could manage a larger group comfortably we were able to accept more kids. (39-2016, 31-2014, 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.

The next Teen Dance is scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Vermont Police Academy Gym. Be on the lookout for more details as the date gets closer. We’re excited to be able to offer this program in a different location. We will need volunteer chaperones to help out that night too, please contact myself or the Brandon Recreation Director if you’re interested.

I’m happy to report that the 2016 “Safe Sitter” babysitter class will run on Saturdays, April 2 & 9 (9 am – 4 pm) in the Lothrop Cafeteria. 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. Please note these dates are different from what was posted in the Town of Pittsford Newsletter as the Safe Sitter instructor had a schedule conflict and we had to change our dates.

Green Up Day is Saturday, May 7, 2016.

The Pittsford Fishing Derby is on Saturday May 14, 2016 at the Billing Pond in Pittsford.