The Town of Willsboro Recreation Park began through the cooperative efforts of the Town and the Youth Commission. In 2010 the Town received a match grant from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to assist in the costs of creating the site. At present the tennis courts have been completed, a youth play-trail system nearly established, and a nature trail expanding across the eastern remainder of the 40 acres. The trails were established by the work of Town employees, volunteers, Noblewood Park staff, and the Champlain Area Trails organization. 2013 hopes are to begin development of the land for the soccer/rugby/baseball and volleyball fields, as well as the creation of a walking track, and a community garden. The park is open year round and free to the public. Use of the tennis courts is limited depending on (winter) weather conditions.
Gardens, Trails, Courts and More - August 1, 2014
We are pleased to announce that we have successfully created and commenced the development and use of our Florence Hathaway Park Community Garden. We are in hopes that more individuals will see it is an excellent resource for use. The Town also installed two sand volleyball courts and Champlain Area Trails has completed the trail system that winds through some of the most beautiful wood and wetland habitats in this area. Future goals include a Halloween trail haunt through the Florence Hathaway Park with a haunted parade to the Noblewood Lodge, volleyball tournaments, further use of the Community Garden, and more! Don't miss out! Enjoy the amenities that this quaint park provides!
The trails have been laid for the Youth Trail at the Recreation Park. The Noblewood Park Rangers with leadership from James Kinley and Ashley Blanchard, completed the trail construction in early August. They have begun to dig holes for the equipment which will be placed in October of 2012 by the above stated volunteers and the Town DPW. The front of the trail head, just behind the tennis courts, will be cleared as well. On September 15th, 2012 Champlain Area Trails plans to hold a trail construction day for the nature trail which will extend to the back of the park. Feel free to visit CATs webpage for more information about the organization.
The Youth Trail at Florence Hathaway Park
Perfect for the young adventurer, this trail offers a full environmental experience that combines nature trail travel and play equipment. Little ones will love walking through the forested grove just behind the tennis courts, to several stations which incorporate nature based play equipment pieces (marimba, rain harp, log jump, bongo drums, spintastics, and more). The trail connects to the Champlain Area Trails at the rear section.
Status Reports (Continued)
June 2012 - Youth Trail System Project
Local volunteers and the Noblewood Park Rangers have begun the groundwork of trail clearing for the Rec. Park - Enchanted Trail. The quarter mile long trail system will contain various learning and fitness play stations. Equipment such as a bear cave and slide, rain table, parallel bars, a swing set, spintastic (spinning discs), bongo drums, akambira, boulder climp, a garden, and log jumps will be installed throughout the trail system. Stay tuned for updates and feel free to check out our progress! The play trail is located just behind the tennis courts at the Essex Road Recreation Park!
March 2012 - Trail Systems to Be Developed
The Town of Willsboro received grant funding (Essex County - Creating Healthy Places) to assist in the construction of a "playground trail system" which will be located just behind the tennis court facility. Work will begin this 2012 summer, along with some walking trail work occurring simultaneously. Champlain Area Trails has expressed interest in connecting our trail system, with their broad Champlain trail base, at the rear of the park property.
October 21st, 2011 - Tennis Courts Completed
The Recreation Park tennis courts were completed just last week. The courts are open and available to the public for use. At present the Town is applying for more grant funding to complete the rugby/soccer field, baseball/softball diamond, horseshoe pits, volleyball court, playground, walking track, picnic areas, general landscaping, restroom facility, and storage shed. Stay tuned for updates on Willsboro's newest park!