Recreation Dept News: Fox25 Covers Easter Egg Hunt, Town Beach Getting Handicap Accessible Mat

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are five highlights from last night’s Recreation Commission Meeting.

1.) The Town’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 4 at 2pm in the Wilmington Middle School Cafeteria.  The event is typically held on the Town Common, but could not take place there this weekend due to ground conditions.  The Recreation Department had a permit since December to use the High School Cafeteria as a back-up location, but the School Department asked them to hold the event at the Middle School Cafeteria instead.

Fox 25 actually came to town on Wednesday to interview the Recreation Department as part of a story on how weather is affecting Easter Egg Hunts.  Watch the 1:30-minute news segment HERE.  While it didn’t make the segment, Cipriani wanted to stress that the Easter Egg Hunt is really intended for just Wilmington residents and family members that may live out-of-town (e.g., a Wilmington grandparent with Tewksbury grandchildren).  Cipriani also noted how the event is truly intergenerational, with 19 seniors visiting Town Hall last week to fill the 7,000+ eggs for the hunt.

As a result of the last minute location change, the Recreation Department sent out a Reverse 911 call to residents earlier this week.  It was the first time the Recreation Department had ever used the service.  Recreation Director Deb Cipriani acknowledged it was an oversight to have the message begin with “This is an emergency.”

2.) The Wilmington Rotary Club is providing $6,000 for the Wilmington Recreation Department to purchase a Mobi-Mat Recpath ADA Beach Access Mat for the Town Beach.  While the layout is still being determined, the brown matting will allow children and adults in wheelchairs to be rolled from the parking lot down to the water’s edge and to the handicap restrooms.  Rotary received a $3,000 grant from Rotary International and matched it with its own $3,000 donation.  The Recreation Department will pay the remaining $3,626 to fund the nearly $10,000 enhancement to handicap accessibility at Town Beach.

3.) Later this year, residents will be able to register and pay for Recreation Department programs online!  Recreation staff is currently meeting with vendors, speaking with other Recreation Departments in the state, and conducting thorough research in an attempt find the best registration software that will meet the department’s needs.  Recreation Director Deb Cipriani would like to start offering online registration “as soon as possible,” but realizes the department must do its homework first.  Any new online registration and payment services would be rolled out in a systematic fashion with lots of clear instructions given to residents.

4.) Several key registrations are coming up for popular Summer Programs.  Tiny Tots registration and Kids Club registration will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 5pm-6:30pm, in the Town Hall Auditorium.   The Playground Program registration will take place on Monday, April 13 at 7:30am in the Town Hall Auditorium.  Registration details can be found on Page 3 of the latest Recreation Department newsletter.

5.) Congratulations to Recreation Commissioners Laurie Robarge and Shelia Burke, both of whom will be reappointed by Town Manager Jeff Hull to new 3-year terms.

The Commission will next meet on Thursday, March 7 at 5pm in Room 8 at Town Hall.

Program Coordinator Karen Campbell, Recreation Director Deb Cipriani, & Senior Clerk Linda Kanter interviewd on Fox 25 News on Wednesday.
Program Coordinator Karen Campbell, Recreation Director Deb Cipriani, & Senior Clerk Linda Kanter interviewd on Fox 25 News on Wednesday.

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