Category Archives: MPR

Saturday storm damage

Trees line the Pfaff Center’s northerly property line, and one lost a limb in last Saturday’s late afternoon thunder storm, landing on the Medfield Park & Recreation Commission’s van..

Ironically, Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler had approved the cutting of the trees shortly before. The tree closest to North Street in that line had fallen on the neighbor’s fence earlier this year, causing the trees to be re-examined. Even more ironically, those neighbors had requested several years ago for the town to allow them to pay to have the trees removed for their solar installation, but at the time the town declined, feeling that the trees were healthy.

The Medfield Park & Recreation Commission van was dented slightly.

An appreciation of our town employees

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An appreciation for a job well done

I have been thinking this morning about the Town of Medfield employees who provide we residents with the services that allow our lives to continue with as much semblance of normalcy as possible at all times, but most especially in these truly unsettling circumstances we are currently experiencing. Our water goes on, public safety continues to serve us, the Transfer Station even added Sunday openings, and all the town government systems continue to function, if behind a digital curtain, all so that we residents can continue our lives.

The town employees are providing essential services, so while they likely share the same unease that envelopes us all, they continue to work their jobs.  I wanted to publicly share with the Town of Medfield employees my sincere appreciation for their efforts  and to thank them.

I am extremely appreciative of what all the town employees are doing now, working under difficult circumstances – I want to let them all know just how much this one resident, one who tries hard to observe closely the functioning of the town government so as to understand it as well as possible, truly appreciates what our team of town employees are accomplishing for we residents.

MPR public information session 1/6 re potential new building

From Kevin Ryder –

MONDAY JANUARY 6, 2020 6:30PM @ PFAFF MEDFIELD PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT PUBLIC INFO SESSION FOR NEW PARK & REC CENTER Have your voice heard on what should be part of a potential new Park & Recreation Center in Medfield! Hear from Park & Rec and the consultants about progress and work done to date.

I wanted to update you on the status of our work with the consultants from Abacus in regard to a new Park & Rec facility.

We will be hosting a PUBLIC INFO SESSION on Monday, Jan 6, 2020 at 6:30pm at the Pfaff. The goal of this session is to update the public on the process and solicit information from the public about what they want to see in a new facility.

I have attached a flyer to this email. Could you pass the word along to the Selectmen?

Any questions, please let me know

Kevin

Kevin Ryder, CPRP

Director of Parks & Recreation

 

MFi Camp Fund appeal

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Medfield Foundation 2019 Summer Camp Fund Appeal

Adults and children throughout Medfield have happy memories of summer camp. From a traditional experience in the woods to skill building or specialized camps, many Medfielders cherish these summer camp experiences and the friends they made there…How would you feel if you were left out of this experience?

Before the summer camp season begins, the Medfield Foundation (MFi) board wants the town to know that there is a highly significant need for assistance by families whose children yearn to attend camp; however, due to difficult financial situations at home they would be unable to attend. It can be challenging to grow up in an affluent community and not have the same access to resources.

After first responding to a specific significant need 2 years ago, this fund has become a popular way for people with means to give back to their community.  We are now in our 3rd year of the fund, and, like years past, are looking to raise $5000 to give all of our youth this joyful opportunity.

The Medfield Foundation encourages you to make a tax deductible donation to help Medfield children attend summer camp! There are easy ways to make your donation or to find out more:

  1. Send your check to the Medfield Foundation, ℅ Medfield Town House, 459 Main Street, Medfield MA 02052. Please make your check out to Medfield Foundation, Inc and then write “CAMP” in the memo line!
  2. Use this link to donate:  http://medfieldfoundation.org/donate/

Want more information before donating? Contact MFi Treasurer, Abby Marble call: 508-361-9825  email: treasurer@medfieldfoundation.org or Board Member John Byrne call: 860-748-1447  email: byrne.johnb@gmail.com.

Did you know…

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation whose mission is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents, build a stronger community, and facilitate raising and allocation of private funds for public needs in the town of Medfield. Since its inception in 2001, the Medfield Foundation has raised over $2 million to support community-wide initiatives in Medfield.

MFi was founded on the realization that some residents were interested in contributing more than town taxes to support projects and services that would enrich life in Medfield. Annual fundraising revenue varies each year as the initiatives and needs in the town change. You are urged to go to http://medfieldfoundation.org/.

 

 

Medfield Foundation’s Camp Fund a Success

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Medfield Foundation’s Camp Fund Succeeds

The Medfield Foundation Camp Fund completed a successful year, raising more than its $5,000 target, to send Medfield in need children to summer camp and to provide swim pond passes. The Medfield Foundation Camp Fund is in its second year, and is a direct initiative of the Medfield Foundation board members. The Medfield Foundation thanked the Medfield community for its outpouring of support that sent the kids to summer camp.

The Medfield Foundation Camp Fund was hugely aided this year by a major $5,000 grant from the Home Committee. Longtime Home Committee member and current chairperson, Kathy Thompson stated that “the Home Committee was impressed by the Medfield Foundations Camp Fund during its initial year last summer, sending Medfield children to our local camps, and this year the Home Committee wanted to support such a great, local goal for Medfield kids.”

The Medfield Foundation Camp Fund teamed with the Medfield Park & Recreation Commission and the Medfield Youth Outreach to identify the children in need of assistance and to provide scholarships to the kids. This summer 18 children were helped to attend 28 weeks of summer camp and 9 swim pond passes were provided allowing approximately 34 people to attend the pond. Medfield Youth Outreach Director, Dawn Alcott, said “I hope the Medfield Foundation really recognizes that its help is so far beyond camp or a one time boost. The Camp Fund allowed caregivers to continue at their jobs…and ultimately kept families in their homes or at the very least more financially secure! The recipients are so genuine in their thanks and their relief.”

The Medfield Foundation (www.MedfieldFoundation.org) is a volunteer-run private nonprofit, tax deductible 501(c)(3) corporation created in 2001 that has raised over $2 m. in private monies for public purposes in Medfield. The Medfield Foundation is raising a $1 m. endowment that will provide a permanent legacy of support for public purposes in Medfield. A variety of planned giving opportunities are available.

PHONE ISSUE AT PARK & REC

This email this morning from the Medfield Park & Recreation Commission –

MPR

Good morning,

Please note that the voicemail system with the Park & Recreation office is not functioning correctly. We cannot retrieve any voicemail messages at this time.

If you call the office and are sent to voicemail, please do not leave a message. Instead, please simply reply to this email with your question, comment or concern. We will gladly follow up with you with either a phone call or email response.

Once we are able to fix the situation, we will let you know.

We are sorry for any inconvenience. If you have left a message in the past week and did not receive a response, please reply to this email for a response.

If you need to reach Director Kevin Ryder directly, please email him at kryder@medfield.net.

Thank you.

Medfield Parks & Recreation Department

MPR Medfield Day road race

MPR

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The annual MEDFIELD DAY 5K ROAD RACE AND 1K KIDS FUN RUN will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Pfaff Community Center. This year, we are proud to announce our gold sponsor, REEBOK CROSSFIT MEDFIELD ! Our T-shirts and winners awards will be provided by our good friends at Reebok CrossFit Medfield.

Registration is currently open for this annual event. Do not delay in registering, as only early registrants (kids and adults) will be guaranteed these limited edition T-shirts. You won’t want to miss out on these!

The 5K course is a scenic run from the Pfaff Center down Harding and to Hospital, with the halfway point just before the old State Hospital property. From there, the route repeats itself, from Hospital to Harding, with the finish at the Pfaff Center.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can register online, or download the registration form and mail in your payment by check.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Kevin Ryder, CPRP

Director, Parks & Recreation

Town of Medfield

www.medfieldrec.com

Pfaff Center closed today

This email this morning –


The Pfaff Center is closed so that we can complete snow removal on the roof. We anticipate it will reopen in the AM, but please check the website and twitter for updates.

Kristine Trierweiler

Assistant Town Administrator

Storm shut downs

Mike Sullivan just called to update me on town plans in light of the storm and their conference call this morning with MEMA, and reports the following:

  • MEMA counseled that the strong winds are likely to be the major problem, as wind gusts are predicted to get reach 70 MPH, and with light fluffy snow there will be lots of drifting
  • NSTAR counsels that power outages should be reported to them, not the town, as calls to NSTAR are logged by its computer systems and algorithms to make its lists of what to fix first
  • Council on Aging, Medfield Park & Recreation Commission, and the Medfield Memorial Library have already announced that they will be closed both Tuesday and Wednesday
  • the schools will be letting people know their decision soon
  • we agreed to cancel the Board of Selectmen meeting for tomorrow evening

Please hunker down for the storm and keep safe.

Invasive vine – follow up

Active citizen, Chris McCue Potts had recently focused the town on the problem of an invasive vine, and as a result of her efforts progress is being made.  Below are emails from the Superintendent and Director of the MPR, respectively.

Now just to solve the woolly adelgids confirmed by Mike Lueders (thank you Mike!) in the hemlocks by the tennis courts.


 

Tree Warden Hinkley will take care of bridge on Curve St.


From: “Medfield ParksandRecreation”

Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:23 AM

Subject: Vine Update

Hello All,

The MPR maintenance crew is out today ripping out and bagging as many vines as they can find and then spraying the roots with roundup.  The spread of the vine is all over town.  I noticed it just off they playground on Green Street, at the Pfaff Center and I am sure it has invaded private properties.  Either Ken and/or I will get the Bridge on Curve Street.
Best,

James Snyder, Director of Parks and Recreation