The Parks and Recreation is an active and proud member of the East Windsor community. We strive to offer programs and events that not only promote healthy lifestyles, but also a sense of pride in our town. We work closely with the schools and other town agencies and departments to accomplish this goal. We hope to continue these outstanding relationships in the future. One of our major goals for next year is to research and secure grant funding from the State of Connecticut and work with all of these agencies to better our playing fields and facilities in East Windsor.
This year the grounds crew was able to accomplish many successful projects in our parks. In July we were able to install a new swing set system at Prospect Hill for the neighborhood children to enjoy. This unit replaced something that was aged and not able to be repaired due to the company no longer being in business. We also secured a contractor to replace and install a basketball court at Osborne Park on South Water St. We have seen an extensive use of this court since its upgrade and are happy to see new and younger participants coming out to enjoy our parks. During the winter we were able to install our ice rink at East Windsor High School with the help of the Department of Public Works Road Crew. They work closely with us to tackle any in town projects that need extra
hands. We hope that you will again join us in using this winter activity with your family. In the spring we encountered quite a water leak at Osborn Field Snack Bar and were able to have this problem fixed and up and running for Opening Day of Little League season along with replacing some doors and locks to improve security and safety at this facility. Thank you to the DPW and contractors for your hard work and dedication to our parks and playgrounds.
On the programming side of our department, we have been hard at work at creating better lines of communication with online registration thanks to our Webster Bank Portal. As well as weekly email blasts to our web subscribers. A second major goal of ours for next year will be to implement some social media communication outlets to better inform our participants of our programs, events and any cancellations that may arise on a daily basis. Our Summer Camp program continue to grow with new faces and we have been able to explore some great new field trips for this program due to the great feedback from our parents and our staffs hard work researching new and exciting places to go. In 2012 we had 37 weekend pavilion rentals at East Windsor Park, and 7 weekday rentals that
brought in $7,925 in revenue for the town. This facility is highly requested and we are seeing many returning rentals each year. The pavilion is great for family reunions, graduation parties, birthday parties and baby showers. We hope to begin some upgrades to the kitchens and bathrooms this coming year. Our season pass numbers were low this year with only 31 sold, we hope to promote the park earlier this year to get some new residents to purchase passes. A family season pass this year was $50 for the entire summer which allows you and your family to come and go all summer long. You can’t beat that!! Our Men’s Softball League hosted 6 teams at $900 apiece for a total of $5,400 in revenue. Games are played Monday through Thursday from May to August, feel free to come out and check out a game or enter a team to play. In total East Windsor Park brought us in $29,113.15 in Gate, Snack bar, Swim Lessons, Passes, Rentals, League Fees that we were able to contribute to the
General Fund. We hope to improve on this number next year and show the residents of East Windsor the value of having such a beautiful facility as our main hub during the summer months.
The Parks and Recreation Department invites all residents to take the time and explore the numerous parks that we are extremely proud of. These include seven parks, the largest being East Windsor Park; other locations include Warehouse Point Park, Prospect Hill, Pierce Memorial, Broad Brook Pond, Abbe Road, and Volunteer Park. Our staff does a wonderful job in taking pride in their work to bring an outstanding park program to the residents of East Windsor.
The Parks and Recreation Commission is comprised of five members appointed by the Board of Selectmen and empowered to maintain, manage and regulate parks and playgrounds for both passive and active recreation. The Commission meets on the second Monday every other month at our office inside East Windsor High School at 6 P.M. Residents are welcome to attend meetings.
While we had an exciting year of programming and park upgrading we look forward to 2013 – 2014. We will continue to provide the residents of East Windsor many exciting quality programs and facilities because “Together Parks and Recreation Creates Better Communities.”
Melissa Maltese, Director of Parks and Recreation.