Loud cracking sounds came from the corner of Funspace at Dickinson Park playground on Thursday, October 10. But the slides, swings, and wooden playscape were empty. The playground was silent except for popping noises and the hum of hydraulics.
Town Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold and Parks and Recreation Commission Chariman Ed Marks reviewed 13 projects, currently underway or recently completed, with the Board of Selectmen on September 3.
Beginning with the Treadwell pool house, Ms Mangold told selectmen that the extensive renovation project was finished before pool opening. She said her staff was pleased with the work done by Pediment Construction Company.
Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, a band based out of Boston, opened the new Summer Jam Concert Series at Dickinson Park on Wednesday afternoon. From left are bass player Paul Kochanski, Vanessa Trien on vocals and guitar, and Julie Rama Winslow, also on vocals and guitar. The free outdoor concert series hosted by Newtown Parks & Recreation will continue offering weekly concerts for families and children ages 10 and under until August 7.
Newtown Parks & Recreation has concerts planned for residents and friends of all ages this summer. The department will be hosting its fifth annual Summer Concert Series as well as debuting a new Summer Jam Concert Series. The latter is a new daytime series for children and parents or guardians.
Concerts will be at Dickinson Park, on Elm Drive. Attendees should bring their own seating. Picnics are welcome, and attendees are expected to carry their own trash out with them. Concerts will move under the pavilion in the event of light rain.
What happened to the trees at Treadwell Park? Nineteen of the existing locust trees have been removed, “much to the shock of many who visited [Monday, April 15],” said Parks Superintendent Carl Samuelson. After hearing concerns that the trees were “gone forever,” he said, “It is really the start of a better solution,” adding, “We are putting back more [trees] than we took down.”
An accidental misspelling on a recently installed Dickinson Park sign will need to be corrected.
“It will have to be recast,” said Parks & Recreation Department Director Amy Mangold regarding a granite sign put in place late last week outside the A. Fenn Dickinson Memorial Park. Fenn has been carved as Finn on the sign.
Andre's Cardio Crazy, 7 pm, Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, free, Newtown residents ages 5 and up invited for one hour of upbeat, high energy, fun-filled dancing to variety of popular music, easy-to-learn steps for everyone, music donated by Kevin Koschel, hosted by Newtown Parks & Recreation, online registration needed (call office only with questions); 203-270-4340, https://register.parksreconline.com (search for Activity 319503A).
Fun Soccer, 10 am-noon, Treadwell Memorial Park, 47 Philo Curtis Road, free, Newtown and Sandy Hook athletes ages 6-13 invited for free series of fun drills, then one-hour mini tourney, coached by Staples High School boys soccer coach Dan Woog, register online, call Newtown Parks & Recreation for additional information; 203-270-4340, parks.newtown-ct.gov (search for Activity 309611 A).