Topics: Recreation

CHATHAM – When Susan Carroll and Jamie Neithold-Nash set out on a special sojourn in Spain this spring, little did they know a painted rock seen along their trek would sum up their trip perfectly: A Traveler is a human being on a spiritual journey. A Pilgrim is a spiritual being on a human journey. While the pair's shared journey along the Camino Walk had its share of human moments, both Nash and Carroll agree ...

Hinckley’s Pond Alum Treatment Planned For September

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Hinckley’s Pond is expected to receive an alum treatment in September to remove excessive phosphorus which has lead to numerous algae blooms and fish kills in the pond in recent years. Town officials were successful, after a couple of proposals, in getting the community preservation committee to provide funds from the recreational category of the Community Preservation Act for the treatment. The comm...

CHATHAM – Within the Rolf E. Sylvan Gardens Conservation Area, there are hundreds of plant species, many of them left over from the days when Sylvan operated Lower Cape Nursery on the land. “There's just so much stuff in here,” said Cynthia “DooDee” Nowak, a landscaper who grew up and still lives nearby. “There's stuff programmed to bloom all the way through the fall.” Known for years for its lavish display...

ORLEANS — Eleven men are stretching their limbs, and maybe their lifespans, at the senior center. The town's recreation director, Alan Harrison, is calling out directions and encouragement. “Excellent,” he says. To which one man responds, “Glad you think so.” It's another easygoing session of the adult men's fitness class, one of several new offerings provided by Harrison. “We had nothing for the senio...

After Delays, Hidden Pocket Park Sees Improvements

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH CHATHAM — The caution tape is down and the playground at the tiny South Chatham Park is open for business. It’s a welcome sight for neighbors, who’ve been lobbying for improvements since 2015. “The next phase is underway,” Parks and Recreation Director Dan Tobin said this week. In the next few days, contractor T.W. Nickerson will be installing fine, compact gravel to complete a handicap-accessible w...

CHATHAM – When the town's skateboard park had to relocated from the airport property, a number of locations were considered; one of the criteria was visibility. The old park was along busy George Ryder Road and right across the street from the police department. When Volunteer Park, off Sam Ryder Road, was chosen as the new skate park location, there were concerns about whether it met that visibility criteria....

Town: Work To Resume Soon On Neglected Park

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH CHATHAM — A tiny neighborhood playground, partially completed and left in a state of disrepair for more than a month, could soon be fixed up. In 2015, neighbors successfully lobbied for improvements at the South Chatham Park, located off Judy’s Lane, a 35,246-square-foot parcel that contains a tennis court, a small play area and room for one or two cars. They argued that the playground equipment, a lar...

CHATHAM – The park and recreation commission is considering expanding the community center's fitness room into the adjacent conference room. The idea is only in the concept stage right now, and the commission plans to survey fitness room users to determine interest in expanding the facility's offerings. “People I've talked to are excited” about the possibility, commission chair Meredith Fry commented at las...

Harwich Considers A Labyrinth For Cultural Center Lawn

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There may be a symbol of peace and meditation added to the town's Cultural Center on Sisson Road as selectmen consider a proposal put forward by Community Center Director Carolyn Carey to locate a peace labyrinth and garden on the front lawn. A labyrinth and garden is something she has been thinking about for a while, Carey said, and when she learned one of the artists at the Cultural Center, Laurind...

CHATHAM – For the town's conservation department, a couple of days of work by14 AmeriCorps Cape Cod members can clear six months worth of projects from the calendar. “They're terrific workers,” said Assistant Conservation Agent Paul Wightman. “In one day they can go in and clear a trail, create a scenic overlook and put signs and a fence up.” The town has more than 22 conservation properties, and last month...

New Rec Director Proposes Fees For Town Sports

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Recreation Director Alan Harrison has proposed a fee schedule for the town's youth sports and summer day programs, which are now free. Harrison told the selectmen last week that the neighboring communities of Brewster, Chatham, Eastham and Harwich all charge for their similar programs and are able to offer more to their citizens. Since his arrival in September, Harrison said, he's talked with pa...

Expanded Uses Proposed For Community And Cultural Centers

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The need to expand services at the community center and cultural center was a clear message sent by selectmen Monday night to Town Administrator Christopher Clark and staff. The message comes on the heels of a few parents urging selectmen a couple of weeks ago to open the community center on Sundays and holidays for their children. The message certainly had the ear of selectmen. On Monday night board...

Parents Call For More Youth Access To Community Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A message was sent to town officials Monday night that parents want their kids to have more access to the community center, instead of sending them to the Chatham Community Center. Selectman Jannell Brown said she has received many complaints about the community center not being open on Sundays and holidays. She cited a period of 10 days over last Christmas where the center was only open two-and-a-ha...

Longtime Parks And Rec Chairman Gary Anderson, 63

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Gary Anderson, perhaps best known as the longtime chairman of the Chatham Parks and Recreation Commission, died unexpectedly last week at the age of 63. A native of Chatham, Mr. Anderson will be remembered by many for his contribution to parks, playgrounds and facilities that continue to serve the town's young people. “He was a member of the community,” friend and former selectman David Whitcomb s...

Our View: Keeping Cape Cod Clean

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A visit to Monomoy Island reveals a stunning landscape rich with wild birds, swaying beach grass, and miles of soft sand. But to call it “pristine” would be an exaggeration. To know why, all one has to do is look among the grasses and seashells anywhere on the beach. You'll find a wealth of trash. Some people might say, 'So what?' and chalk it up to modern life. But on the island, and off, trash has become a h...

CHATHAM — Rounding out this year's list of projects seeking Community Preservation Act funding are preservation projects at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center and various recreation projects, including a pickleball court. The community preservation committee will now begin debating the merits of the dozen different applications, which total more than $615,000. Having already heard presentations on several r...