Parks & Recreation

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.
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The Walworth Town Board announces the formal closure of all town playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, and pavilions in accordance with mitigation efforts surrounding COVID-19 concerns.  We ask all residents to remain mindful of social distancing guidelines to best protect themselves, their families, and our wonderful Walworth community.

Please Note:  The gates to the rear of Sherburne Road Park are now closed for the Winter season.  Residents and visitors are still welcome to utilize the rear of the park and the Red Trail loop by parking just in front of the gates in the winter auxiliary parking area and using the pass-through across from the lot to access the Red Trail.

Another year is in the books! We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and new year! As we head into the new decade (we’re part of the crowd that believes this new decade starts with 2020) we look forward to continuing to bring the community new, innovative, enjoyable, and high quality program experiences and family opportunities.

As we look back on the holiday season we’d like to thank everyone that joined us for our annual Light the Night in Ginegaw Park. Despite some cold temperatures we saw a great crowd and the voting for our tree competition
was incredibly close. Thanks to all those who volunteered to help us make the evening possible and to all the businesses, groups, and organizations that decorated a tree.  It’s a night that’s close to our hearts here in Coverthedepartment. We like to think of it as something “straight out of a Hallmark movie”.

Facility rentals opened for the 2020 calendar year the first Wednesday in October through our new lottery process. We were very pleased with how smooth the evening went and how changes implemented directly addressed concerns we aimed to improve from past procedures. As you start thinking about your 2020 plans please be sure to call to check on your preferred facility availability as early as possible (especially for the Lodge in Ginegaw Park). We already have a large number of weekend dates booked and remaining dates tend to be filled by the time Spring really rolls around.

New this Spring – Senior Citizen Luncheon’s at the Lodge. We made the decision to transition from monthly dinners to lunches in the hopes of providing a more accessible time for those interested in joining us. The Lodge will then remain open following lunch for attendees to stay to enjoy coffee, games, and camaraderie with one another. We encourage our Senior population to join us for lunches at the Lodge and bring cards, board games, puzzles, or any other activities they’d enjoy sharing! Please be sure to see our detailed Senior Luncheon information on page 48.

Regardless of the season our parks see a lot of “pooch” traffic. We’re more than happy to be a dog friendly venue but we must kindly remind everyone to please clean up after your furry friends when utilizing the parks for walking and exercise. “Evidence of activity” has been found lately by visitors, staff, and athletic teams more than anyone would like. Waste bag stations are available in both parks (in Ginegaw Park across and just to the right of the Lodge and at Sherburne on the Eastern entrance to the Red Trail). Complimentary waste bags are provided to the community and each station has a receptacle for bags after use.  Everyone, our four-legged friends included, enjoys a clean park!

The half days are back! With the new staff development schedule at Gananda the number of half days have been fewer recently than in past years. This Spring, however, sees an increased opportunity for half day fun and we’re excited to offer three different activities – Altitude Trampoline Park (March 20th), Leap & Laugh (March 27th), and Camp Stella Maris (May 8th). Stella Maris is an all new trip for us this year and provides many unique outdoor activities for participants. Registration for all half day programs opens with general program registration on January 30th. Reminders and permissions slips will also come home through school – but we encourage you to get ahead of the game and register early online to ensure your spot for our trips! All programs require a wavier to participate – when registering online please be sure to still complete and return your paper waiver to school or the department.

If you have a high school student looking for volunteer hours we always have opportunities! Sports, events, school half day trips, and youth programs are always in need of a little extra help. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you and/or your children need volunteer hours!

As summer approaches we know being able to plan ahead is very instrumental. While these dates are not entirely “set in stone” we tentatively have Summer Adventure Day Camp dates set for the following weeks:
– July 6th-July 10th
– July 13th- July 17th
– July 20th-July 24th
– August 3rd-August 7th
– August 10th-August 14th
– August 17th-August 21st

A reminder that Spring Baseball and Softball registration also opens with program registration on January 30th. We know that you’re not always thinking Spring sports this early in the year but we encourage everyone to register for leagues as early as possible to assist in the formation of teams and the ordering of shirts, jerseys, and hats. Please be sure to carefully read program information for in-house and travel leagues on pages 20 and 21. All in-house Baseball and Softball players will learn their team assignment during our annual preseason player/parent meeting at the Lodge in Ginegaw Park on Monday, April 27th (Instructional 6:15pm/Pee Wee & Tee Shirt 7pm). Be sure to mark your calendars!

As many of you are well aware we haven’t had a winter very conducive to ice skating! As we look at the long-range forecast moving towards the end of January we have our fingers crossed we’ll make some ice (and keep that ice) so we can squeeze some late Winter skating in. We appreciate everyone’s patience staying off the ice to this point until it’s fully ready. We hope to be skating by the end of the month!

AARP Tax Preparation returns to the Lodge this Spring! Please note that appointments will not be scheduled until January 31st. Preparation dates for returns will run from February 24th to April 5th at the Lodge in Ginegaw Park. Please be sure to see our full tax preparation service information on pages 48 and 50. This is a very popular service – be sure to call to book your appointment early!

We look forward to seeing everyone out and about the parks and our various programs this Spring! The season will be in fully swing before we know it!

Walworth Parks & Recreation

Park Rules
Lodge Reservation Form
Policies Specific to the Lodge
Ginegaw Park Pavilion Reservation Form
Sherburne Road Pavilion Form
Alcohol in the Park

Jackie VanLare – Director of Parks & Recreation 315.986.1400
Kevin Weiss – Assistant Director 315.986.1400
Linda Kleeman – Recreation Clerk 315.986.1400

Park Staff:
Mike Buckley, Bill Burnett, Dave Barmaster, and Mark Krittal

Parks and Recreation Committee –

Joe Leone (term expires 12/31/23)
Aimee Phillips-Lomb (term expires 12/31/22)
William Boyd (term expires 12/31/22)
Kate Barenek (term expires 12/31/22
Steve Gallaher (term expires 12/31/20)
Amy Dier-Chirdon (term expires 12/31/20)
Mike Dermady (term expires 12/31/20)