WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This Summer

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Commission held its monthly meeting on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Town Hall.

Youth Summer Programs Were Huge Successes

The Wilmington Recreation Department’s summer programs were very well attended. The Playground Program attracted 225 kids, up from 210 last year. The Tiny Tots and Kids Club were full to capacity (203 kids).

“The staff in both sessions deserve so much kudos,” Recreation Director Karen Campbell told the Commissioners. “They do such a great job and we had an amazing summer. Bret [Sawin] supported the playground program… Linda [Kanter] supported Tiny Tots and Kids… As an office, we handle administrative part of the programs, which allows the teams to do what they do best — work with the kids.”

New Netting Installed At Yentile Farm

In August, new netting was installed behind the existing netting next to the turf field at Yentile Farm.

“Since the installation, we haven’t had anybody call or come in and complain about lacrosse balls or soccer balls getting around the net,” Campbell reported. “The new netting is a wonderful thing for drivers on Route 38. And the Town Engineer is delighted on how it looks.”

Concerts On The Common Were Crowd-Pleasers

The Recreation Department’s Summer Concerts were very well received on Wednesday nights in July. Ball in the House, Jimmy and the Jesters and BackTrack each attracted hundreds of residents.

“Bigger and bigger crowds are coming out to the concerts,” said Campbell. “It’s nice when we’re putting forth the effort and getting more and more people. And it’s a range of ages — young families, seniors, and everything in between.”

Campbell noted that only three of the four concerts took place. The fourth and final concert — 60’s Invasion — was cancelled due to unexpected rain.

Fishing Derby, Library Programs & Field Trips

Wilmington’s 37th Annual fishing derby took place on Saturday, June 1, 2019. The derby, organized by the Recreation Department, was well-attended. Jackson Kenney won in both kids’ categories — a 15.2 oz. bass and a 12.5 oz. pickerel (non-bass category). Sherry Simmons won the Adult Largest Fish category with a 14.8 oz. bass.

The Wilmington Memorial Library held popular storytimes at Yentile Farm and the Town Beach this summer.

The Recreation Department organized many successful trips over the summer, including Niagara Falls, Kennebunkport, and MGM Springfield, plus shows at the Boston Opera House and Danversport Yacht Club.

Campbell noted she was recently appointed to the Open Space and Recreation Committee, which hasn’t met yet, and Ice Rink and Recreation Facility Committee, which has met once. Campbell noted the Ice Rink Committee is initially struggling to identify town-owned land (or state-owned land in town) that would be appropriate for a rink.

The Wilmington Recreation Commission next meets on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9.

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