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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As we finish up the Summer Town Topics the weather is certainly turning in the right direction! So far we’ve enjoyed a pretty favorable Spring and the park and our ball-fields are in great shape for all sorts of outdoor family fun in the coming weeks and months. Usually we’re battling the rain and wetness this time of year – so far so good (keep your fingers crossed!).

Be sure to check out our Adventure Day Camp series this summer. Not only do we now offer seven full weeks of camps but our fantastic camp counselor Ms. Nadine has freshened up our weeks by adding in some new twists, turns, and surprise fun! Join us this summer for a new take on many of our old favorites
or check out one of our all new weeks! Better yet – come and enjoy both!

We love to bring the community good news and we certainly know the return of swim lessons to the Gananda Pool will delight many families who’ve anxiously anticipated lessons resuming closer to home. After a long renovation project the pool locker rooms will be ready for public use this summer and our usual Summer lesson schedule returns! We (and the Gananda Pool) appreciate your patience as we waited for construction to finish. While it took a little longer than at first anticipated the results are well worth the wait! You can find swim information on pages 20 and 21 of the Town Topics.

The Ginegaw Farmers’ Market kicks-off its 7th season this June 11th. We have another fantastic selection of market vendors on tap for this summer and look forward to the community embracing our new vendors as well! Don’t miss our special guest on opening day – Red Osier catering! Red Osier is bringing their mobile unit to the market. Stop by to pick up a chicken barbecue dinner or enjoy some of their traditional favorites – especially their roast beef sandwiches! There’s no better way to start the season!

As we approach Fall and the 2020 facility reservation season please take some time to review our new procedures for the opening day of reservations. Over the years we’ve grown increasingly concerned with the number of individuals lining up essentially overnight to secure reservation priority. Doing so not only creates an unnecessary safety risk but also presents administrative problems on our end as well. Beginning this Fall our opening day of reservations will be conducted through a lottery process. Our new reservation information is detailed on page 12 of the Town Topics. Please be sure to review this new information (especially if you have a certain 2020 date in mind!).

Bring your lawn-chairs, flashlights, and blankets to enjoy this summer’s FREE outdoor family movie during the Festival in the Park – Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2! We thank the Walworth Lions Club for partnering with us to make this special opportunity available to the community. Come see us on July 27th beginning at 8:45pm.

Do you have a little one with an interest in sewing or baking? Don’t miss our new summer partnership with the Creativity Shell! The Creativity Shell is a nonprofit organization aiming to inspire the “next generation of makers” through sewing and textile arts classes. Learn to sew and pick up some introductory baking skills this Summer! The best part – their classes employ popular themes kids can relate to. This summer is all about unicorns!

Although we’re just about to kick-off baseball and softball soccer will be here before we know it! Soccer is always very popular. In order to provide the best program for our young players we need all the coaching help we can get! If you have an interest in coaching soccer this summer please be sure to indicate so on your registration form or contact the Recreation Offices to let us know. Don’t worry if you have a few conflicts here and there – our goal is to have at least two committed coaches for each team to allow for some schedule flexibility. We hope you’ll consider giving back to your community and volunteering to coach!

The next time you’re in the park be sure to say hello to our newest Parks member Bill Burnett! Things have certainly come full circle for Bill. Bill has a longtime connection with Walworth Recreation as an instrumental early member of the Parks Committee and Department. Not to date him… but he was one of Coach Kevin’s first basketball coaches! It’s great not only to have all his experience on the parks maintenance side but also his knowledge on the recreation end as well! Welcome aboard Bill!

As we get deeper into the summer be sure to keep up to date with our Facebook page (Town of Walworth Department of Parks & Recreation) for the latest program updates, event pictures, and other special announcements. Our Facebook page is also our “go to” for Ginegaw Farm Market announcements and where we release information about any new programs that didn’t make it into the Town Topics. Hop on and “like” Walworth Recreation today!

Enjoy the Summer!

Walworth Parks & Recreation

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 –

Aimee Phillips (term expires 12/31/22)
William Boyd (term expires 12/31/22)
Joe Leone (term expires 12/31/19)
Steve Gallaher (term expires 12/31/19)
Amy Dier-Chirdon (term expires 12/31/19)
Mike Dermady (term expires 12/31/22)
Christopher Guarniere (term expires 12/31/22)