Park Cleanup on May 10th, 2014 from 12PM - 2PM!
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Spring 2014 Update
We won a grant!
We applied for a 2013 grant from the Mass Parks & Rec Association for playspace improvements and we got it!
The grant is for $750 to improve a playspace that has consistently been maintained since its installation through community events and volunteer days.
Huge thanks to Kristen Dietel, Sterling Recreation's Program Assistant, for all her help coordinating the application process!
At the Annual Town Meeting in May 2010, SPARC received approval for $40,000 from the Town and submitted the PARC Grant application in July 2010, which requests $50,000 from a state grant program specifically for recreation and open space programming. A site visit was made by the grant committee in early August 2010 and notification about the grant should take place in October 2010. Due to the heavy demand for grants in 2010, we unfortunately did not receive the grant from the state. So we ordered the large "Space Ball" structure and the "Little Village" playset in the Winter of 2010. Both structures were installed with volunteer help during Summer 2011. (See our Photo Album for some great pictures of both installs!). Now that this play equipment is installed, Phase II is complete.
With the completion of Phase II, the Sterling Play Area Recreation (sub)Committee is now looking to transition from an active planning and fundraising committee to a maintenance and fundraising group. This new ‘Friends of the Park’ committee (comprised of new and old members) will work with the Recreation Department to take over efforts to fundraise and carry out maintenance. SPARC has already set up a ‘Friends of Sterling Greenery Community Park’ fund/ maintenance endowment through the Community Foundation of North Central MA (CFNCM). One of the final fundraisers under SPARC may be hosting a family dance fundraiser in late winter and the committee is looking for volunteers to help with that effort. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sgpark.org for more information or to become a member of SPARC and/or the ‘Friends of the Park’ group.
Sterling businesses, citizens and The Town have taken great care to create a fun, educational park for the entire community. It is in the town’s best interest to keep the park vibrant and safe. To that end, SPARC encourage residents to act as the "eyes and ears" of the park, thereby creating a new park watch program. The park watch program is a partnership between the SPARC committee, Recreation Department, Sterling Police Department and residents to reduce vandalism, the misuse of park properties, abuse or capture of wildlife and to keep our park safe from any illicit activities that may occur. Everyone is asked to be alert and to report any suspicious activities to the proper authorities. To report routine maintenance issues such as trash dumping, broken equipment, grass cutting, etc., please email email@example.com or call (978) 422-3041. This park watch program has great potential to be an effective program for our town at an inexpensive cost to residents – your involvement is needed to keep the park enjoyable for everyone!
PROJECT STATUS (As of Oct 2011):
Phase I – Complete (2008)
Hundreds of ornamental trees, bushes and perennials
Play equipment for 2-5 year-old children
Phase II – Complete (2011)
Benches (Completed 2008)
Pergola Structure (Completed May 2009)
2 Individual play equipment pieces (Completed Summer 2009)
Walking path from Muddy Pond Road to the sports fields parking area (Scheduled for Nov 2011)
Play structure for 5-12 year-olds (Completed June 2011)
Play structure for 2-5 year-olds (Completed June 2011)
ONCE PHASE II IS COMPLETE, PARK IS "DONE".
Phase III – Future
Ongoing Maintenance Fund (maintained through fundraising efforts)
Additional benches/tables (purchased through fundraising efforts)
Nature Signage (built/purchased through fundraising efforts or Boy Scout/Girl Scout project)
The goal for Sterling Greenery Community Park is to provide a gathering space for the entire Sterling community - where people of all ages can gather to socialize, enjoy the outdoors, and exercise during the day free of charge. The pavilion, benches, picnic tables, walking paths, landscaping, and science/nature theme elements are all intended to make the Park inviting to both adults and children.
Sterling Greenery Community Park will offer children and adults the following: