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Recreation Director's Report
August 8, 2009

            Like in past summers, the Recreation Area continues to be busy on a daily basis. After a record wet July where it rained 23 of 31 days, the weather has hindered our daily use numbers. The swim instructors have had to cancel lessons on occasion because of severe weather. However when the weather has cooperated the Swim Area has been busy. We have a handful of organizations, i.e. daycare providers, camps, & summer school groups who visit us anytime the weather allows. 79 Season Passes for the Recreation Area have been sold for 2009. Compared with 66 in 2008, 71 in 2007, 52 passes were sold in 2006, & 60 in 2005. The Picnic Pavilion remains a popular venue for graduation parties, birthday parties, family reunions, and company outings. Again Day Camp used the pavilion for six weeks as their outdoor homeroom when they could get outside and go to the Recreation Area. The pavilion has been a popular choice and because of this we've had a number of people call to find out that it's already booked. Another piece of information I'd like to pass on is that 21 Tennis Passes have been so far for 2009. This compares to 24 in 2008, 20 in 2007, 26 in 2006, & 24 passes in 2005.

            The 2009 Red Cross Swim Program has been going exactly like 2008's fine except for the continuous rain we've had. For the fifth year the Recreation Department has offered three 2-week sessions of lessons. In 2005, the Recreation Department made the transition from offering just two 3-week swim sessions to offering three 2-week sessions. The main reason for the change was that I wanted to increase usage at the Swim Area during the month August; which is always our slowest time of the season in regards to daily usage. Day Camp is usually finished by this time and it used to be our swim lessons would be finished also so our mid-week crowd was close to non-existent. Generally, our busiest times are while swim lessons are happening. We found that if the lessons are going on then the families are already at the Swim Area and they are more likely to decide to stay longer at Recreation Area on any given day depending on the weather. We had only 16 kids registered in the first session of lessons (which compares with 21 in 2008, 30 in 2007, 38 in 2006 and 51 in 2005). During the second session participation rebounded nicely with 54 registered kids (33 in 2008, 36 in 2007, 30 in 2006 and 36 in 2005). Currently in session three there are 27 kids (21 in 2008, 26 in 2007, 34 in 2006 and 30 in 2005) taking swim lessons. Total swim lesson participation numbers are 97 in 2009, 75 in 2008, 92 in 2007, 102 in 2006, 117 in 2005, & 72 in 2004..

             The Recreation Department is continuing to work closely with the senior citizen group called "Pittsford Seniors." On the 4th Thursday of each month the "Pittsford Seniors" host a luncheon at the VT Police Academy. It was the Recreation Department who connected the senior group with the VT Police Academy in order to organize a monthly affair. Each lunch features a keynote speaker and a nutritious meal. Pierre Masuy, Omya-Verpol Plant Manager is scheduled to speak on August 27. The Recreation Department is providing support in many ways. For instance, we have helped the group by getting the Senior luncheon message out by creating flyers with our computers, hanging posters around town, and putting an announcement in the town wide newsletters. Additionally, the seniors are asked to call the Recreation Department to pre-register for the luncheon. Residents contact us because the Town Offices are set to take calls professionally and efficiently. Seniors who are trying to pre-register are guaranteed to reach someone, or the answering machine. This is a simple, but important responsibility that the Recreation Department fulfills. These numbers are passed along to the Head Chef at the Vermont Police Academy so he can plan the meals accordingly. During the first year 531 meals were served which translates into over 44 seniors attend each luncheon. During the second year (August 2008-July 2009) 491 meals were served. This translates to 41 folks attend each meal. Currently the Recreation Department is putting together a fall bus trip on October 2 to the President Calvin Coolidge Historical Site in Plymouth, VT. They will tour "Plymouth Notch the site where President Coolidge was sworn in as President by his father, here in his boyhood home in August 3, 1923", have lunch. After their visit, on their back to Pittsford they will take a tour of local fall foliage. The Pittsford Seniors and the Recreation Department has secured a $750 "Senior Transportation Grant". This grant will pay transportation fees only. Mountain Son Tours of Mendon and their 47 passenger bus has been hired to take care of the driving responsibilities. The Green Mountain Passports are available to all Vermont residents 62 years of age or older. These passports allow for free admission to VT State Parks, VT State Historic Sites, and events which are fully State sponsored. Green Mountain Passports are available at local Town Clerk's offices for just $2.

The Pittsford Seniors meet twice a month, once at the Maclure Library on the 2nd Friday of each month at 10:00 am. Secondly they meet immediately following each luncheon at the Vermont Police Academy. All seniors in the Pittsford area are invited and encouraged to attend.

            August is a time during the year that Recreation Department plans out it's fall/winter programs. Usually the pressure of baseball/softball has subsided enough to allow time to look forward. Recently the Recreation Department has been busy organizing programs for the 2009 Fall/Winter Brochure. I like to have brochure done and completed before the kids return to school I can concentrate on the soccer season.

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