Parks Rec Trails Youth Sports

Volunteers Needed — Ag Commission, Parks, Rec & Trails, and Others; Some Elected Positions Still Vacant

Might you and your community benefit from you filling one of the following positions?

  • Members of the Agricultural Commmission; contact Jason Silverman at jfsilverman413@gmail.com;
  • Members of the Parks, Recreation & Trails Committee; contact parksandrec@townofconway.com;
  • 1 member of the Wastewater Committee; contact Joe Strzegowski at strzeg@comcast.com;

For all these positions, contact Lisa Turowsky, assistant@townofconway.com with questions or for more openings throughout the year.

Also note that positions on the Board of Health, Planning Board, and School Committee remain vacant after this year’s Town election; these may be appointed by the Select Board if necessary. For more information about elected positions, contact Carl Nelke (Board of Health), Mary McClintock/Joe Strzegowski (Planning Board), or Elaine Campbell (School Committee).

Parks and Ballfield Projects

Conway Fields 2-24-14

Drainage and Park Improvement Project —

At town meeting in 2011 the town appropriated $5,000 for the Parks, Recreation, and Trails Committee to study drainage repair and overall recreation field improvements in town.  This project completed and project documents follow.  In 2012 the town approved $90,000 for the engineering and permitting required to move forward with construction and applying for available grant monies.  The committee is moving forward quickly with Weston & Sampson Engineering so as to not miss any grant deadlines.  On July 27, 2012 the town also closed on the property at 37 Academy Hill Road, which will be included in the overall planning.

Update: While not being selected for the MassWorks grant in 2012, the committee completed permitting and resubmitted the application in 2013 with changes.  The non-matching grant was awarded in December of 2013 for $997,521.  In February, 2014, another non-matching grant application specific to recreation was submitted requesting $197,000 which would help complete the field underdrains, remaining stormwater, and grading of the field.  Results will be announced in April.

Update: The $197,000 grant was not awarded and initial construction bids were higher than budgeted.   The project was rebid and residents voted on $200,000 of Community Preservation Funds to pay for the unfunded portion (ball field specific) of the park improvements.  The contract was awarded to Mass-West Construction.

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS THE WEEK OF JULY 14, 2014.

Meeting Schedule:

  • The committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 6:00 at the Town Office.  No additional meetings are currently scheduled.

The following meetings were held related to this project:

  • July 14, 2014 – Construction began.  Construction is expected to be completed by November.
  • June 16, 2014 – Special Town Meeting (Presentation and CPA Funding), Grammar School, 7:00 PM
  • March 12, 2014 – Informational Meeting (Status, Bidding, Construction Schedule), Town Hall, 7:00 PM
  • August 15, 2012 – Parks Planning Forum, Town Hall, 7:00 PM
  • May 7, 2012 – Pre Town Meeting, Grammar School, 7:00 PM
  • April 26, 2012 – Forum, Grammar School, 7:00 PM

Project Documents:

Parks, Recreation and Trails Committee

Mission Statement

The Conway Parks, Recreation & Trails Committee’s primary mission is to create and oversee recreational activities for townspeople of all ages in order to promote community as well as healthy lifestyles.

Responsibilities

  • Provide seasonal events for varying age groups and interests.
  • Provide oversight of the maintenance and/or improvements to the existing town field property and town-owned common areas and future town recreational areas.
  • Provide collaboration with other related town committees (e.g. Trails Committee, Land Use Committee, Open Space Committee, Planning Board).

The Parks & Recreation Committee meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM at the Town Office. We welcome your ideas!

Committee Members

  • Robert Anderson
  • Harry Bovio
  • Paul Charest
  • John Heffernan
  • Julie Petty
  • JJ Prusak
  • Vacancy
  • Vacancy

You can email the committee by clicking here.

Community Sports contacts:

Park Improvement Projects

The committee has been working on various projects over the last few years including looking to improve Memorial Park as well as drainage repairs and overall improvements to the Town Field.  Information on these projects, documents, and presentations can be found here.

Skating Rink

Residents skate on Martin Luther King Day 2012

The ice skating rink at the town field was constructed in one of the last weeks of 2011 by a very ambitious group of volunteers.  Volunteers spent hours researching and developing a promising yet cost effective skating rink.  Time has been spent organizing the project, building partitions, construction, lining, adding sand bags, creating signs, adding kickboards, pumping water (many, many times), installing temporary lighting, repairing a donated snowblower, and even engineering and building a home-made zamboni. Managing and maintenance of the rink is not an easy task. The rink can only be used when it is solid and not starting to deteriorate due to warm weather (skating on the rink in warm weather creates irreparable damage). Flooding, adding water, and resurfacing is very tricky and must be done at ideal freezing temperatures, normally late in the evening. The volunteers thank everyone for their patience and understanding given many of the restraints of maintenance.

Conway Swimming Pool

The Conway Community Swimming Pool is NOT a town owned facility. The pool is owned and run by an entirely separate organization, Conway Community Swimming Pool, Inc.  For information on the pool, please go to www.ConwaySwimmingPool.org.

Trails Information

In October, 2008, the Conway Trails Committee merged with the Conway Parks & Recreation committee. One member of the new Parks, Recreation, and Trails Committee is designated as the trails liaison.

Please enjoy and respect our trails. Stay off posted property. Carry in, carry out. Respect the Town of Conway Leash Law.

There are three trail maps available for your use. The first is a straightforward topographic map (Legend: White=State Forest Boundaries; Blue=Town Land). The second, developed by the Hilltown Land Trust in preparation for the Town’s 250th Anniversary Celebration, provides a historical context for the trails. The third is a simple map of the 2 short trails behind the Conway Grammar School.

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