Town of Webster will rename North Ponds Park

4 Apr

On Friday, April 22, the Town of Webster will officially rename North Ponds Park to the Charles E. Sexton Memorial Park, in honor of the former director of Webster Parks and Recreation.

Sexton was hired in 1962 as Webster’s first Recreation Director, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1996. He was also the first African American Recreation Director in New York State. He passed away in June 2021.

During his tenure, Sexton introduced the town’s first programs for senior citizens and launched the recreation department’s first summer youth camps. Many programs which began under his direction are still operating today. It is this legacy which led to the town’s decision to rename one of Webster’s best-known parks in his honor.

Current Webster Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Bilow said,

North Ponds Park is one of the most utilized parks in all of Webster. Whether it’s people walking, running,  enjoying the water or attending one of the many events in the park, I am confident that Mr. Sexton envisioned this type of use when the park was being built. More importantly, Sexton loved North Ponds Park, a facility which he saw come together to be owned and managed by the Town of Webster.  (from press release)

The official renaming ceremony will take place at North Ponds Park (soon to be known as the Charles E. Sexton Memorial Park) at 4 p.m. Friday, April 22. There will be brief remarks and a sign unveiling.

The park is located between Holt Rd. and Rt. 250.  

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One Response to “Town of Webster will rename North Ponds Park”

  1. Mary Heveron-Smith April 5, 2022 at 11:12 am #

    I like knowing that so much of what I enjoy in this town is because of this visionary man. A well-deserved naming!

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