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Town of Hampden

Regular Meeting of Parks & Recreation Commission
7:00PM at the Hampden Town Hall
June 24, 2004

Approved: August 12, 2004


The meeting was called to order at 7:05P.M.

Attendance: Board members present were Chris McDonald, Michael D’Agostino, Glennice Flynn and Tina Albano. Others present were Glen and Darcy Walulak, Rick Green and Sue Gorman.

Bills: Bills were reviewed and paid. There was a new movie screen purchased with the contributions from the following: $350.00 Monson Savings Bank, $310.00 from the Community Policing Fund and $300.00 from The Cimmino Family. Glennice made a motion to send Thank You notes out to these contributors for their generosity. Michael seconded. Unanimous.

Minutes: The minutes for the June 10, 2004 meeting were reviewed and approved. Glennice made a motion to accept the minutes. Michael seconded. Unanimous.

Elections: Michael respectfully declined the nomination for chairman at this time. Chris will remain the chairman for the board with Larry Forrest as the co-chair.

Coach Selection: Darcy Walulak, Tina Albano and Larry Forrest have all made a request to coach Girls U 10(Blue Team) Fall Soccer. This team is a merger from both Darcy and Tina’s teams. Tina was agreeable to allow Darcy to be the coach with herself as the assistant. The Park and Rec policies state that only the board chooses the coach. This coach in turn so chooses the assistant they wish to work with. Larry was out of town but sent an e-mail stating that he would like to help in any capacity from coach to co-coach and/or assistant. After much discussion, all felt that these three could work together with one head coach and two assistants. Michael made a motion for Darcy to be head coach of the team. Glennice seconded. Unanimous.   

Fall Soccer Breakdown: There still remains concern as to how to group the U13 and U14 teams for the fall season. More girls are needed to avoid making cuts. Call will be made to attempt to sign up more girls for the team. Glennice made a motion to re-divide the teams back to U13 and U14 and redistribute the U 13 girls only. Tina seconded. Unanimous. The actual breakdown of the teams will be tabled until the next meeting with hopes of registering more players.

Fall Festival/Buddy Walk: Laurie Houle Isham attended the meeting to clarify what is expected of Park and Rec and what the Buddy Walk group will handle. Their next meeting will be held on June 30, 2004 at the North Garden in West Springfield at 6:30P.M. Anyone is welcome to attend. Verbiage on flyer was discussed with a suggestion stating, “Park and Rec will Host the 2004 Buddy Walk”. Glennice made a motion to combine The Fall Festival with the Buddy Walk. Tina seconded. Unanimous.

Summer Vacation Schedule: The following is the vacation schedule for Park and Rec Board members:

Michael                        July 24-August 7

Chris                            August 7-August 21

Glennice                       Month of July

Tina                  August 14-August 28


Old Business:

-Fall Festival: Tina and Glennice will co-chair the Fall Festival. Glennice mentioned that October 2nd was Confirmation Day in Hampden. This may have an impact on the festival. Generally confirmation is in the afternoon. At that point the festival will be set up and running with enough helpers to avoid conflicts. Michael made a motion to hold the Fall Festival with Tina and Glennice as co-chairs. Glennice seconded. Unanimous.

-CPC: A representative from Park and Rec is needed. Larry is no longer interested in the position. Tabled until the next meeting.

-Tina is working on the new sign for Memorial Park. This is to be modeled after the DPW sign only a bit larger. Tina would like to have the sign ordered soon. She would like to e-mail the board a photo of the final print of the sign to expedite the order. Glennice made a motion to accept the plans for the new sign as long as it stays within the parameters of the DPW sign and guidelines from the Planning Board. Michael seconded. Unanimous.

New Business:

-The Sport Coordinator printout from Michael was reviewed and modified. This will be tabled until the next meeting to obtain Jay’s input before completing this form.

Glennice made a motion to adjourn at 9:25P.M. Michael seconded. Unanimous.


Next meeting July 8, 2004 at 7:00 P.M.