SELECTMEN NEWS: Yentile Farm Open House Details, Recreation Director Praised

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Recreation Director Karen Campbell was in front of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen on Monday, March 27 to discuss the Yentile Farm’s upcoming Open House and her department’s spring offerings.

The Yentile Farm Recreational Facility will hold its Open House on Saturday, May 13, beginning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am.

A slate of activities are planned throughout the day — the department’s flag football vendor will host activities on the field; the department’s recreation basketball supervisors will run activities on the courts; and the department’s Tiny Tots staff will organize activities on the event lawn.

Several local community organizations will be supporting the event.  The Wilmington Rotary Club is donating hot dog luncheons. The Wilmington Sons of Italy is providing novelty ice cream treats. The Wilmington Community Fund is paying for a DJ.

Due to limited parking, the Open House will span much of the day, allowing folks to come and go as they place, rather than having to stay the entire day.  There is no rain date.

Campbell is excited for the facility’s rapidly approaching opening.  She noted that her department has already issued several permits to Wilmington Youth Lacrosse and Wilmington Youth Soccer for use of the turf field this spring. She also mentioned that much of construction fencing on the site was taken down on Monday.

Campbell is also excited for her department’s spring offerings:

  • The Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 15 at 2pm on the Town Common.  This Wednesday, volunteers — many of them senior citizens — will be coming to the Town Hall to fill 7,000 eggs for the event.
  • Tee-ball is having a stellar response with 163 kids registered and 14 teams formed. (Last year, there were 135 players on 12 teams.)  Campbell cited the department’s new Facebook page as part of the reason why more young families are participating in the program.
  • In addition to the tried and true spring programs, the department has rolled out some new offerings, including: archery, Star Wars lego, Disney cupcake decorating, floral arrangement for adults, hoola hoop classes, a trip to see illusionist Adam Trent, and more.

The Recreation Department is already preparing for summer, gearing up for its tiny tots and kids club summer programs (which usually attracts 200 kids), its playground program (which usually attracts up to 285 kids), and a myriad of tennis and sailing classes.

The Town Beach at Silver Lake opens on June 10.  Visitors can expect similar rules and regulations to last year’s.

Campbell is pleased at how well received her department’s new online registration system has been. She noted transactions are up 6% compared to last year, and the system allows staff to sending important marketing messages to interested registrants.

“The [online system] been invaluable. It helps up maintain our activity level and has takes care of some of the more menial jobs in the office,” said Campbell.  “We’re seeing 75% of payments being made online via credit and debit.”

Selectmen were pleased with Campbell’s report.

“I’ve witnessed how you’ve taken an exceptional department to a new level,” said Selectwoman Judy O’Connell, pointing to technical enhancements and programmatic changes while maintaining the offerings residents have come to expect. “I can’t thank you enough for incorporating the Yentile Farm responsibilities into your day-to-day duties and adding to your workload. .. I appreciate your willingness and can-do attitude… I can’t say enough about the job you’re doing.”

“You’re doing a wonderful job, to no one’s surprise,” said Selectman Greg Bendel. “I hope residents will take advantage of the awesome opportunities you’ve laid out. My family will.”

“I commend you, your staff, and your volunteers.  Your programs sound great,” said Selectman Kevin Caira.  “I’m especially looking forward to the Yentile Farm opening. You’ve done a great job organizing that.  IT should be quite an event! I hope the whole community comes out.”

“You do a great job,” said Selectman Mike McCoy.  “[Town Manager] Jeff Hull did a great job selecting you, and you have fantastic people working under you.”

“Your high energy, positive attitude, and smile are infectious,” said Selectman Mike Champoux. “I compliment you and your team for modernizing the department and finding efficiencies.”

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