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Chestertown Recreation Commission

Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 7:00pm

Council Chamber, Chestertown Town Hall

 

Present: Jim Bogden (chair), Inez Santori, Dwight Zilinskas, Danielle Cudone,

 Ben Tilghman (guest- Public Arts Committee)

Motion to approve minutes from meeting on 3/9/2024 made by Inez Santori carried unanimously.

 

1. Chestertown Public Arts Committee—sculpture placement

Ben Tilghman, Art History professor from Washington College and Public Arts Committee member discussed 24 sculptures from private donations to be distributed throughout town. Mr. Tilghman explained why they chose the 5 cast bronze life-sized wolves to be placed in Wilmer Park. They will be placed under the trees near the playground which could attract the attention and activate the imagination of children. Mr. Tilghman stated that a few sculptures would be placed around the perimeter of Bailey Park so as not to interfere with the large green space that could be used for other recreational activities. There are plans for signage with QR codes that provide information about each sculpture.

2. Recreation Commission Operational Improvements

     a) Group program planning software—Frankie Mayo (tabled)

     b) Remaining vacant seat- Idea to recruit a college student or young adult for a 6-month rotating position to fill the last vacant seat on the commission. The commission will look at the ordinance to see if there is a minimum age for being part of commission.

Next agenda: Look at the ordinance and determine if it needs to be amended

     c) Need to develop equipment lending procedures: Inez proposed to draft a procedure

3. Saturday in the Park

     a. The Recreation Commission will begin to meet more frequently from now leading up to June 8 An agenda will be posted on the town website

     b) Event hours: Radcliffe Creek Paddling tour 10 am, field games & all other activities on the lawn 12-5p

     c) Inez agreed to direct an art activity: painting on canvas

     d) Advertising: Create 2-4 x 8 ft plywood banners instead of vinyl banners (one to be placed by Anthony’s Florist on rt. 213, and People’s bank on Washington Avenue), 2- vinyl banners for the railroad crossing, 1- vinyl banner for Wilmer Park

Motion made to give Stu Gray contract to paint the plywood banners carried unanimously with all in favor

4. Ten-Year Master Plan

     a) “Discover Chestertown Parks” marketing campaign: Many residents are unaware of all the parks in Chestertown. Commission will distribute maps of all parks at town events such as “Saturday in the Park”, and “Earth Day”, run ads in Tidewater Trader and Kent Newspaper, and possibly create activities for kids to promote the parks (e.g., games such as a scavenger hunt in the parks).

     b) Community ‘visioning sessions’— April 8 (Monday) & April 30 (Tuesday)

April 8 (1st session): Focus on Bailey Park specifically at KCMS. Send notice of meeting to school and newspapers. The meeting will be structured in group format with large maps of the park where people can draw pictures and make notes of their ideas to share.

April 30: (2nd session location: Firehall?): The purpose is to look at all parks and trails. Attendees will discuss what they think is missing, what is needed, and what kind of recreational opportunities or facilities would they like to see.

     c) Revamped surveys: Go to parks with our clipboards, and make sure we focus on people surrounding the parks. Do paper and electronic Don’t rely on QR codes.

Inez will be part of the survey design before it is released.

     d) Form a skateboard park committee: hold until after Saturday in Park

5. Requests to the Mayor & Council:

     a) Follow-up on various past requests for park signage: Use a specific design for the parks. Inez discussed her idea to “Design a sign” involve students, and hold a contest for the best design. Inez will develop design guidelines.

     b) Storage shed at the Town Marina by kayak rental rack. Proximity to Wilmer Park, better security, will talk with Paul Coleman, and see if there is space available.

Jim Bogden made a motion to put a storage facility in the vicinity of Wilmer Park. Motion carried unanimously.

     c) Ajax Park landscape plan – Secethia Bordley-Davis would like to design a pollinator garden

d) Wilmer Park porta-potties enclosure: To make porta-potties more aesthetically appealing, a wooden fence/ screen could be constructed. This would be a relatively inexpensive solution.

e) Block party grants suggestion: have our equipment available to loan to organizations for events in town with a lending procedure approved by the town council.

6. Upcoming

     a) Aunt Sarah’s Easter Egg Hunt, March 30—lending an Easter Bunny suit

     b) Celebrate Trails Day, April 27—Eastern Shore Trails Network. National event- starting at Ajax Park.

     c) Hebe Fountain celebration, August 4—organized by the Garden Club and Mainstreet

     d) Halloween—organized by the Lions Club possibly collaborate

     e) Landscaping plan for Memorial Park prepared by the Garden Club

     f) Carpenter park playground: grant application is into the state to build another playground in carpenter park. Looking at construction in 2025

7. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn at 9:26 pm. Carried unanimously.

Next Meeting: April 16, 2023

 

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Chestertown Recreation Commission
Meeting Agenda
7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Council Chamber, Chestertown Town Hall

1. Review and approval of minutes of March 9, 2024 meeting.
2. Chestertown Public Arts Committee—sculpture placements
     a) Wilmer Park
     b) Bailey Park
3. Recreation Commission operational improvements
     a) Group program planning software—Frankie Mayo
     b) Remaining vacant seat—What do we want to propose regarding a youth member? Who will prepare a proposal to     present to the Council?
     c) Need to develop equipment lending procedures
4. Planning for the third annual Saturday in the Park event on June 8.
     a) Form a planning committee
     b) Approve necessary expenditures
     c) Community partnerships—allow businesses to exhibit?
     d) Kent Cultural Alliance Artist Grant available
5. Ten-Year Master Plan
     a) “Discover Chestertown Parks” marketing campaign
     b) Community ‘visioning sessions’—tentatively April 8 & 30
     c) Revamped surveys
     d) Form a skateboard park committee
6. Requests to the Mayor & Council:
     a) Follow-up on various past requests for park signage
     b) Storage shed at the Town Marina
     c) Ajax Park landscape plan
     d) Wilmer Park porta-potties enclosure
     e) Block party grants suggestion
7. Upcoming
     a) Aunt Sarah’s Easter Egg Hunt, March 30—lending an Easter Bunny suit
     b) Celebrate Trails Day, April 27—Eastern Shore Trails Network
     c) Hebe Fountain celebration, August 4—organized by the Garden Club and Mainstreet
     d) Halloween—organized by the Lions Club
     e) Landscaping plan for Memorial Park prepared by the Garden Club
8. Other items to discuss
9. Adjourn. Next meeting April 16.

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