Parks & Recreation Commission

Regular Meetings
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • The 2nd Wednesday of every month
  • Town Hall
    Sprenkel Room
A group of kids pose with people in a bear and raccoon suit
Members
  • George Caye
  • Katie Graham
  • Bill Nowak
  • Robert O’Connor
  • Sharon Parlapiano
  • Andrew Paterna

  • Jason Race
  • Dan Rezende
  • David Romejko
  • Dan VanHorn
  • Craig Zimmerman
  • Matt Riley - Town Council Liaison
The Park and Recreation Commission (PARC) is an appointed body of 10 regular members and 2 alternates.

Purpose
The Commission advises the Town Council on the active and passive recreational needs for the town. PARC is working on projects, programs, and recreational facilities that will benefit our community and promote participation in healthy recreational activity for all residents.

Goals
The Commission works to develop new projects as we keep 5 important goals in mind:
  • Enriching the quality of life for town residents
  • Contributing to individual personal development
  • Making the community a more attractive place to live
  • Strengthening neighborhood and community ties
  • Increase awareness of personal health and wellness through recreational activities
Accomplishments
As we work to achieve these goals we have accomplished the following in the 2012-2013 fiscal year:
  • PARC continued to revise the Recreation Master Plan adopted by the Town Council.
  • PARC continued clearing of Lawrence Road Park using in house labor and equipment (a significant portion of additional land was cleared during the year).
  • The PARC sponsored South Windsor Food Alliance is well established supporting local farms and healthy eating. Many initiatives have begun including summer and winter farmers markets, community gardens, planting projects in the schools.
  • The South Windsor Walk and Wheel Ways had another successful year sponsoring bike rides before the community concerts, starting a learn-to-ride program for 4th graders, and participating in and sponsoring several bike rides.
  • Several projects in the Capital Projects budget approved by the Town Council to proceed last year were completed including water play features and safety hand rails at Veterans Memorial Park and several neighborhood connector paths. The 1st phase of the skate board park is in the planning stage.
  • The PARC is represented on the Town Council’s Fields committee studying sports fields needs in town and a report is due to the council during the fall of 2013.
Upcoming Projects
Commission projects on the horizon include:
  • Additional repairs to the Little League complex
  • Continued expansion of Walking/Biking Trails in town parks and neighborhoods
  • Disc golf
  • Fencing at My Friends Place playground
  • New scoreboard and paving at Rotary Field