Grounds & Facilities Supervisor
|Essex Junction Recreation and Parks||
We Create Community Through People, Parks & Programs
Phone: 878-1375 | Email: email@example.com
Wow, can you believe all that rain? Our maintenance department has been very busy repairing the damage that all that fast-moving water did to our pathways and such. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Cascade Park, there was a lot of work done there last year in improving the playground space and picnicking area, including a new water fountain at the pavilion. Some of the exciting things we are working on this year are safer entrances for pedestrians into Maple Street Park, more pathways through the park, and repairing and resurfacing the tennis courts. We also recently installed new LED lighting outside various buildings in Maple Street Park, including the admin building and the bath house, and are working to add them to the pool area also. We plan to continue to improve with new technologies in the coming years and find other ways to save money and protect our environment. We’re very happy to have the same crew we had last year, continuing to keep your parks clean and safe. We love feedback and ideas so feel free to contact us anytime about any one of your three parks. We’re proud to be the stewards of this great park system.
Grounds & Facilities Supervisor
If you came by Hiawatha Tuesday night you may have been shocked to see blue lights flashing! Village Kids welcomed Officer Kirk into our school to kick off National Police Week. We learned about what police officers normally do on their shifts, the tools they use, and how they handle tough situations. The students asked a lot of great questions and were able to take a peek at the cruiser. Officer Kirk and the Essex Police Department even gave us special badges and crayons! Please remember to thank our officers for all they do to keep us safe!
Site Coordinator-Hiawatha Village Kids
What an amazing stretch of weather he had last week, looks like it’s back to reality though... This time of year is so exciting for us and the kids. We especially love being able to spend time outside without 5 layers on. All three Village Kids programs (Summit, Fleming, and Hiawatha) are so excited to spend as much time as possible outside during the last 5 weeks of school. It is also the time of year that school is starting to wind down and summer is kicking into “full speed ahead” mode.
Fleming recently held a food drive to support The Heavenly Pantry in Essex Junction. Below is a picture of the many items they were able to collect. A special thanks to students Olivia and Mia for their enthusiasm and energy during the entire effort and to Kae the Site Coordinator for putting it all together.
Preparations for Camp Maple Street and Camp STAR are starting to pick up. Families will be happy to see a good mix of returning counselors as well as Village Kids counselors transitioning over to summer roles. Danielle Grise is returning as Camp Maple Street Coordinator and Robyn Bartley (Head Counselor at Summit Village Kids) will be the new Coordinator of Camp STAR.
Our goal this year is to continue to offer an energetic, engaging, and fun recreation experience for all campers. We are also making an increased effort to be more engaged with parents through multiple platforms. We will be sending out a weekly newsletter with news and noteworthy information and will be using Facebook, Twitter, and this blog to fill parents and the community in on our summer adventures.
We want this to be an interactive process so please post on our wall, tweet us back, or reply to our blog posts, we truly appreciate and value your input.
Enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
School Age Childcare Coordinator
It was 78 degrees and sunny this past Saturday at Maple Street Park. Essex Junction Little League kicked things off with their annual parade and opening day. Hundreds of baseball players of all ages and skills piled in with their families and supporters in tow. And throughout the day more people poured in by foot, bike, scooter, skateboard, stroller, and by car to share in their favorite park experiences. Families' barbequed, children played on the playground, teens played basketball, couples soaked in the sun while lying on the green grass, and friends threw a Frisbee in the fields. Skateboarders attempted new tricks in the skatepark, bikers accomplished new feats in the bikepark, and rugby players tackled each other in an afternoon match. The visitors throughout the day were quite different, ranging in age, gender, ethnicity, background, skill, and interest. But they shared the common bond of having a desire to be out in nature, recreating and socializing on an incredibly beautiful first weekend in May. And, they shared in the place where they went to experience these things - Maple Street Park. To those not from here, they may ask how all of that was happening simultaneously in just one place in a community? For those who live here, they know it was just another day at Maple Street Park.
Every week we'll have a different blogger, from the Director to the Gymnastics Coordinator to a Camp Maple Street Counselor.