Report of the Parks and Recreation Commission
Over the course of last year the Parks and Recreation Commission held numerous meetings and work sessions to continue to seek support and plan for the enhancements identified by the community as important for Carpenter Park: additional space for formal and informal athletics, additional parking, and upgraded, expanded, and accessible facilities to serve all segments of the community. The Commission prepared and submitted two grant proposals and our efforts were rewarded by Chichester being awarded, by the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development [DRED], both a Recreational Trails Grant and a Land and Water Conservation Funds Grant for enhancements at Carpenter Park.
The Recreational Trails Grant will allow construction of a multi-use recreational perimeter trail around Carpenter Park. This trail will not only provide a walking/ fitness path but will also link the different areas of the Park with much improved access. Our plan is to complete design and construction of this trail this summer.
In August of 2011, the Commission learned that the application for Land and Water Conservation Funds previously submitted to DRED had been selected for submission to the National Parks Service for award approval. Funding from this grant is critical for the first two phases of the Carpenter Park plan formulated by the Commission and their partner group steering committee.
With the support of the Town, the current plan is to accomplish Phase 1- the necessary site work in 2012. The areas for Park expansion will be cleared and timber thinned in accordance with the Conservation Commission’s coordinated plan for the Park’s timber resources. Major site work to remove stumps, excavate and grade earth, install drainage, and construct appropriate surface treatments will follow for both the perimeter path and park expansion. Key to the success of this phase is coordination and communication of the Park construction activities with the games and practices of the Chichester Youth Association, Old Home Day activities, and other formal and informal activities of the Park.
The second phase of the project will focus on the expansion and development of the community areas of the Park. This work is planned for 2013. Final work to complete the project is planned as Phase 3 in 2014.
As the Commission works to implement the Carpenter Park Project, the highest priority of the Town’s 2010 Recreational Master Plan, we welcome your input. Information will be shared and input solicited through the Town website, newspaper articles, and public meetings. To complete the funding for this project, the grant funds awarded by DRED require some level of either monetary or in kind matches. Those interested in providing input, financial donations or volunteer labor or materials for the completion of the Carpenter Park enhancement projects please contact the Recreation and Parks Commission c/o the Town Offices.
Thanks to our partners for all your help over the past year: the Chichester Conservation Commission, the Chichester Youth Association, and the Chichester School Board. Thanks to the townspeople of Chichester for you past and continued support.
Richard DeBold, Chairman