The following information is from the August Parks and Recreation Newsletter:
On our quest to update the outdoor courts across the city, we have completed the first of the courts with support of the Kiwanis Club of Manchester’s Major Emphasis Grant. Sweeney Park Basketball Court and the pickle ball courts at Rock Rimmon Park have been repaired and painted. The pickle ball courts look amazing, especially looking down from the top of the rock! We continue to work on the amenities at each site and a Grand Opening will be held in the coming weeks.
WORK DONE AT ARMS PARK
The bases of the flag poles and the arch in Arms Park needed some attention. We are working on these as the summer closes out. Metal shrouds still needed to be installed but the brickwork has been completed.
FUN IN THE SUN
Fun In The Sun came to end in mid-August and we had another great summer. We were able to go back to Hampton Beach and bring in different opportunities for the campers. We brought back Diane Phelps from Granite State Kids to give tennis lessons again. Swim NH LLC taught swim lessons. The teachers from the MSD led a reading program at each site. We also added several activities for the kids. Our sincere thanks go out to Let’s Play Music who introduced the campers to different instruments and allowed them to try playing some of them. They also offered scholarships for anyone who wanted to try an instrument in the future. Uncharted Tutoring blended art and nutrition by engaging in activities with our 11 and 12 year old groups. Lastly we would like to thank the site supervisors and camp counselors for all that they do during the summer. We wouldn’t be able to run the program without their caring attitudes, their willingness to be a mentor and their extreme amount of patience! We continue on our journey to make this program better and better.
NET GENERATION TENNIS
The summer tennis program has been deemed a success! 17 students participated at the courts at West High School. The fall session is starting on
September 15th and runs through October 20th on
LAST SPLASH AT DUPONT
Who’s going to be there for the last splash on Monday at Dupont? The Splash Pad will be open this weekend on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for summer’s last hurrah. Hours are 11AM-7PM for residents and non-residents for all hours. Dupont Splash Pad is located at 207 Mason Street on the West Side.
This might look like just a pile of boxes but to us, it is a whole new look in the making for the playground at Rock Rimmon. We are so excited to see how this takes shape in the next few weeks!
FALL CLEANUPS IN PARKS
The Transition Program and the Freshmen from St. Anselm’s College each completed their Day of Service with us, cleaning up Rock Rimmon Park. We appreciate their dedication to help us clean up each year.
Also on their second year of a great undertaking is the Queen City Rotary Club. They will be out in force on Saturday, September 8th at the riverbank by Fisher Cats stadium up to the statue by the Hands Across the Merrimack bridge.
FRIENDS OF ROCK RIMMON
The area to the left the Piscataquog Boat Launch is being transformed into a new picnic area. The Friends of Rock Rimmon have initiated and funded this project. It will be such a great addition to the area because of their vision. Thank you to the Friends of Rock Rimmon for making this happen!
WALK FOR YOUR HEALTH
As the summer comes to and end that means that the Walk for your Health fall session is starting. Our first walk is Wednesday September 5 at Livingston Park at 9 a.m. Sign-ups will be held that morning in the warming hut where there will be schedules, mile sheets, and walk descriptions you will be able to take home. For more information please contact Erik at firstname.lastname@example.org
BUTCH AND STONEY REMEMBERED
Butch Joseph and Brian Stone will be remembered this ice season at the JFK Coliseum in a special way. Their logos will be seen on the ice surface from the grandstands. Thanks to employee Shawn Corson and Supervisor Roger Grandmaison for following through with this idea. The JFK Coliseum will open for the season on September 8.
THE DERRYFIELD COUNTRY CLUB
The golf course IS STILL OPEN and golfing continues late into the fall. LET’S PLAY GOLF!
18 holes: $44; 9 holes: $28.00
IT’S SO MUCH NICER AT THE FINISH LINE!
Have you seen the new sign at Derryfield Park? Check it out! The cross country finish line has a whole new look now.
OUT AND ABOUT
We try to get out in the community so residents have a chance to learn about our programs and get to know our staff. Recently Parks was represented at the Gossler Park Community Block Party. It’s a great time to start conversations with partners like Neighborworks to either collaborate or to help them with their projects.
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend by visiting the parks!