Parks & Recreation

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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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View Fall 2020 programs by clicking the link above!

 

If we’ve learned anything these last few months it’s been the importance of making the most of the opportunities before you and placing your trust in the people around you – no matter how different things may look, what difficulties they may present, or what uncertainty may surround them. It was a late start to summer but we enjoyed a fantastic five weeks of programming that saw the park bustling with activity once again thanks to the efforts of seemingly countless numbers of wonderful volunteers from both near and far. We can’t say it enough – we’re only as strong (and successful) as the people who put the needs of the community and our children first. To all those who participated this summer and took a leap of faith with us we thank you. To our dedicated coaches and volunteers who gave up their time to make our programs run we couldn’t be more appreciative.

We’re certainly not through to the other side of this just yet – but thanks to the support our community provides time and time again we know we’ll continue to
accomplish great things and establish safe and fun opportunities for learning, sport, and kinship with one another.

We’re incredibly fortunate to enjoy a close and supportive partnership with Gananda Schools. Without the tremendous access to their facilities they provide us our
programs wouldn’t be half of what they are today. The reality is no one can say for sure if, or at what capacity, facility use will look like come October and beyond. With that in mind you’ll notice this publication is earmarked as “Early Fall”. As the late Fall/early Winter picture becomes clearer we plan to release a second program guide with additional programs (many of the typical indoor programs you’ve come to expect over the years) should conditions allow.

For the first time in ten years we’re heartbroken to announce that the Harvest Moon Festival will not take place this Fall. We remain hopeful through some careful planning and a slight change in approach we can still pull off our Pumpkin Walk. We’re also working with Gananda Rotary to put together a special “drive-thru” version of their popular Hayride – moving it from it’s usual trails instead here to Lorraine Drive. Keep an eye out for more information as we continue to refine plans for these events.

This summer was a busy summer on the diamonds and the fields – one which saw a complete overlap of baseball/softball and soccer programs atypical for this time of year while also having to overhaul cleaning and sanitizing procedures for the Lodge. Our parks/grounds crew didn’t miss a beat and we can’t thank them enough for all they do for our programs, fields, and facilities. The number of departments out there who have such a caring and dedicated crew are few and far between. We can’t thank the guys enough for all they do!

We look forward to seeing everyone this Fall!

Walworth Parks & Recreation


No sports and recreation activity can occur without meeting the following minimum State standards, as well as applicable federal requirements. To ensure the safety of all of our program participants, volunteers, families, and staff, per New York State Guidance for Sports & Recreation During the COVID-19 Crisis, the following protocols and procedures will take effect until the current public health emergency is rescinded or amended by the State:

  • A distance of at least six (6) feet will be maintained among individuals at all times, whether indoor or outdoor, unless safety or the core activity requires a shorter distance. This allows for program participants/players to engage in approved activities where social distancing cannot be maintained but requires all spectators and non-program participants/players to adhere to six (6) foot social distancing guidelines.
  • When social distancing cannot be maintained, all non-program participants/players (any individuals not directly engaged in physical activity) are required to wear a face covering.
  • Spectators must wear face coverings when in common spaces or situations where six (6) feet of distancing cannot be maintained, so long as they are over the age of two and medically able to tolerate such covering.
  • Program participants will be discouraged from any hand-to-hand contact (handshakes, high-fives, fist bumps, etc.).
  • Any shared program equipment will be cleaned and disinfected between use.
  • Sanitizing stations will be available on site for participants, spectators, and staff.
  • Where and when applicable certain traffic flow guidelines will be in place, including specific points of entry and exit, to reduce bi-directional foot traffic.

 

Park Rules
Lodge Reservation Form
Lodge Reservation Form 2021
Policies Specific to the Lodge
Policies Specific to the Lodge 2021
Ginegaw Park Pavilion Reservation Form
Sherburne Road Pavilion Form
Alcohol in the Park

 


Jackie VanLare – Director of Parks & Recreation 315.986.1400
email: walrec@townofwalworthny.gov
Kevin Weiss – Assistant Director 315.986.1400
email: kweiss@townofwalworthny.gov
Linda Kleeman – Recreation Clerk 315.986.1400
email: linda@townofwalworthny.gov


Park Staff:
Mike Buckley, 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)