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- Supervisor's guest column from Chris Bilow, Recreation Director, April 1, 2019

It is a pleasure and privilege to guest write for the supervisor’s column on behalf of the Recreation Department. 

The summer period is a busy time for all and the Recreation Department is no different! We have many programs and events planned for this summer, so be sure to check out the summer brochure which will be available in early April. Look for several NEW formats to a number of the regular seasonal events and programs. 

To begin, the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage the concert series format has changed. All performances will be on Tuesday nights (except the Food Truck Rodeo and Tastin’ the Blues). The season opens Tuesday, June 11 and extends all the way through the summer with the final concert on August 27. This expanded season now provides 13 concerts plus two special events; the Food Truck Rodeo on June 7 will kick off the season and Tastin’ the Blues on September 14 will again be our finale.

We are also making some changes to our Summer Camp session format to give busy families more flexibility. We are offering NEW one-week sessions to better match family schedules, and our Scribner Road Elementary School camp will join the Penfield Community Center as a second location offering “before” and “after” programs to accommodate the need for early drop off and late pick up. 

I am excited to share that we are launching a NEW program for our youngest campers with Pee Wee Summer Day Camp at Scribner Road Elementary School. This program is for children ages 3 to 6 who might not be ready for regular Summer Day Camp. Campers will enjoy a wide range of age-appropriate activities and experiences. Pen-Rec Pee Wee participants can registered to attend morning, afternoon, or full day.

In March, the Recreation & Parks Five Year Master Plan Update committee finalized its draft of the update. A public hearing on the draft is scheduled for May 15 at the Town Hall beginning at 7:00 PM. The committee solicited opinions and ideas on recreation needs through a community survey, community input session, electronic input submissions, and general feedback. We also gathered information from a variety of community stakeholders as they relate to the recreation field. 

I would like to thank the committee volunteers who worked diligently to collect and review community input; we could not have developed a Master Plan Update without your commitment.

I feel that this plan will serve the town well for the next five years as it clearly has identified several recommendations to work towards to provide recreational opportunities for all in the Penfield community. 

Be on the lookout for a NEW logo from Penfield Recreation. This new logo will be highlighted in everything we do as a department. Our focus was to create a logo that depicts Penfield Recreation and the wellness theme that drives our programs. I anticipate the logo to be revealed by the summer season.

Please mark your calendars with these key spring and summer program dates:

Good Neighbor Day: May 11

Memorial Day: May 27

Summer concert series begins: June 7 (Food Truck Rodeo)

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks: June 29

As always, the “Passport to Play” and “Hit the Trail Passport” are available year-round at Penfield Recreation

For details on any of the above special events or programs please contact us at, or 340-8655.

We look forward to seeing you at an event this summer! I am always available to discuss any questions or comments you may have that relate to the Recreation Department and our many programs and events.

Chris Bilow

Penfield Recreation Director

Town of Penfield
3100 Atlantic Ave, Penfield, New York, 14526 - (585) 340-8600
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