The Guilford Recreation Commission has been awarded a Building Communities Grant from the State of Vermontcalled the Recreational Facilities Grant! The grant monies will be used to enhance the usability of the Guilford Center Village Natural Playscape. This grant requires a 1:1 financial match of $4,630.
The Playscape enhancements included in the grant include:
Parking Lot excavation: leveling the grade, widening the parking area to accommodate 8-10 cars (including one handicapped accessible space), applying and compacting a hard pack layer suitable for a parking lot.
Creation of a Class III Walkway/Wheelchair accessible looped trail. The loop will be approx. 700’ in length, 6’ wide and will be located around the perimeter of the Playscape at an 8-12% grade.
This looped trail will promote recreation for all members of the community! The looped trail will provide a safe location for off- road walking and jogging. It will be accessible to people who use an assistive mobility device and to those pushing a stroller. *The excavation bids were awarded to Bernie LaRock and Sons, by the Guilford Select Board.
7x7 kiosk. The name and the rules of the park will be posted on the kiosk. Additionally, the kiosk will provide informational pamphlets for all of the attractions located in the Guilford Center Village.
Signage for the parking area: to direct the flow of traffic and a handicapped parking sign.
Many Guilford residents and organizations are enjoying the Playscape!
Families have been enjoying the use of the Playscape in the spring and summer by swimming/playing in the Broad Brook and gathering for family fun.
The Guilford Homeschooling group regularly meets at the Playscape to enhance their outdoor curriculum.
The Guilford Free Library offers 4 FREE, weeklong summer camps during the summer. Each of these camps use the Playscape for a portion of their time.
The Bill Koch Nordic Skiing Project offers Nordic Ski instruction on 4 consecutive Sundays during the winter. This instruction is located at the Playscape, at the Guilford School Loop, at the Fairgrounds and at the Guilford Central School.
Five volunteer work parties have taken place at the Playscape over the past few years, during which fruit and nut trees have been planted, invasive species have been removed and the town’s insurance requirements have been met.
On July 27, 2019- The Guilford Recreation Commission hosted a Guilford Community Picnic at the Playscape. Free food, drinks and family friendly activities were provided- and the Broad Brook was enjoyed by many of our community’s children.
Other WorkThis spring, RiseVT approved a grant request for the Playscape as a community wellness initiative. The grant monies will cover the purchase of supplies to create: 1) raised garden beds, 2) a hand powered water pump, 3) a compost bin, and 4) plant starts. These elements will be installed by volunteers in the Spring of 2020.
Your generous donation will help raise the needed funds to enhance the Playscape!
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN DONATE:
Make a donation Online
MAKE A DONATION AT THE GUILFORD TOWN OFFICE.
Donations may be made by cash or check and dropped off at the Guilford Town Office. (Please add a note with your name and address if you would like a tax deductible receipt for your donation. Donations can be anonymous if you wish.)
MAKE A DONATION BY MAIL
Donations may be made by cash or check and dropped off or mailed to the Guilford Town Office. Checks may be written to “Town of Guilford” c/o Guilford Recreation Commission. Town of Guilford c/o Guilford Recreation 236 School Rd. Guilford, VT 05301