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Welcome Chris Bilow to Webster Parks and Recreation

30 May

chris bilowA hearty — albeit delayed — welcome to Chris Bilow, Webster’s new Commissioner of Parks and Recreation.

Bilow has replaced Mark Yaeger, who recently retired after 19 years with the department.

Bilow comes to Webster after working for almost 18 years at the Penfield Recreation Center, most recently as Recreation Director. He said that “it was the only I job I had any interest in leaving Penfield for,” mostly because it meant coming back to work in his hometown Webster, where’s he’s lived for more than 30 years.

During his 19 years with the department, Bilow’s predecessor, Mark Yaeger, oversaw  the creation of the new Parks and Recreation building on Chiyoda Drive, the First Responders Playground and water spray park, and helped spearhead the installation of Challenger Miracle Field.

“He did an awesome job setting the stage,” Bilow said. “His leadership really set this department up for the future with programs and space and meeting the needs of this community.” Now he’s looking forward to continuing that legacy.

“As a resident (of Webster) for 32 years, I’m obviously familiar with what’s gone in, and I see so much more that we have the ability to expand on.”

“I think we need to build on the relationship between this department and the community, become a greater presence.” To that end, Bilow hopes to improve the department’s communications efforts, doing things like posting weekly updates, and taking better advantage of social media.

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WHAT am I going to do with these kids? (Part 3)

25 Mar

Now that we’re into our second full week of no school, I imagine things are going to get a lot more challenging for parents with kids, and even for those of us without kids who just need to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND GO ANYWHERE, while still practicing safe social distancing Here’s a great idea to try, especially for those of you who need a P.E. component for your home lessons:

Did you know that there’s a disc golf course at North Ponds Park?

The nine-hole course was installed in 2013. Here’s a map borrowed from the Greater Rochester Disc Golf Club:

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I wrote this blog about the new course shortly after it opened, which will tell you more:

The North Ponds Park Frisbee Golf Course is ready to play. But before you go out there, you have to know that there’s good news and bad news about the course.

The good news is that it’s been set up in a beautiful park, surrounded by calm, picturesque ponds.

The bad news is that it’s been set up in a beautiful park, surrounded by calm, picturesque ponds.

The new 9-hole course is 3,150 feet long, with three holes less than 300 feet long, five holes between 300 and 400 feet, and one hole longer than 400 feet.

On the face of it, those numbers really don’t look so bad. But then when you look at the course map, you see that three of those holes run perilously close to the water, and two more actually cross it. Yikes.

The course was designed by Ryan Hand, president of the Greater Rochester Disc Golf Club. He and club members finished installing the Innova Discatcher baskets last week, and expect to erect permanent tee markers sometime this fall. For now there are small flags and numbers painted in the grass, marking recreational and intermediate tees for each hole. He also plans to add a third “professional” tee for each hole sometime in the future.

So the new course is designed to be a challenge, especially for those of us who might attempt it with a recreational (read “cheap”) Frisbee. I’m going to stock up, because guaranteed I’ll be putting several into those ponds.

Sounds like something you and/or the kids might want to try?

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WHAT am I going to do with the kids? (Part 2)

19 Mar

We have to keep these kids reading.

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This Little Free Library is on Hartsville Lane.

That has been made a lot more difficult now that we don’t have easy access to our school libraries or the public libraries. BUT… we DO have an abundance of Little Free Libraries.

I’m sure you’ve heard about these. Basically, they’re exactly what the name says:  diminutive libraries packed with books and magazines free for the taking.  They look kind of like large birdhouses (or some other fancy design) with wide Plexiglas front doors, stuck on top of a pedestal, and can be found in front yards, at community centers, near schools and parks.

The idea is simple.  You go up to one of these book boxes, poke through the books, choose one you want, and take it home.  When you’re done with it, you can return it, or perhaps replace it with another one.

There’s a website you can visit to see where all of the officially registered Little Free Libraries are located. But I know for a fact that there are a lot more little libraries in our town than are on that map — ’cause it costs money to register them. For example, many of our schools have one outside.

So why not check out the map and start your own Little Free Library tour?  It’s a great way to keep getting “new” books for your whole family.

P.S. Don’t be afraid to extend your search into our neighboring towns. Irondequoit and Penfield, for example, have a whole bunch of Little Free Libraries.

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