Another week has passed and we are in the prime of summer mode, although we are all dealing with new norms in our various activities: respecting masking guidelines, disinfecting hard surfaces and high touch points, and physical distancing.
The Recreation Department is completing their second week of summer camp with our youngest residents, and those programs have gone very well. Penfield Little League is back on the fields playing baseball for the first time this season and following some new guidelines with the number of spectators per player. It is good to see and hear the energy at the various buildings and fields. I would like to thank all the staff members, coaches, and parents for helping to follow all the guidelines to allow more of these activities take place during the Phase 4 opening; continue to be well and be safe!
Beginning next week you will see our DPW removing the older playground equipment at Rothfuss Park to make way for a new inclusive playground at that location. With an inclusive playground, the objective is to include everyone. They are thoughtfully designed to provide a safe place where children of all abilities can play together, and are developmentally appropriate for children with and without disabilities. This project is in collaboration with the Town of Penfield, a grant from Assemblyman Mark Johns, and the Penfield Rotary Club. The plan is to have it completed by early August or sooner. I hope this is the first of many locations across our community that will support our children with and without disabilities.
The Penfield Trails Committee will resume their guided hike program this Saturday, July 11 from 9:00 – 11:00AM at Abraham Lincoln Park. Come explore the ups and downs of this county park from wooded uplands to the bay shore trail connections. Meet at the Smith Road trailhead off Empire Blvd. and look for the hike signs.
Beginning the week of July 20 the DPW will be placing a top coat of asphalt on Harris Road from Atlantic Avenue to Plank Road, following up on the initial shoulder expansion work completed last year. Harris is a county road and Monroe County is contracting with Penfield DPW to perform this work. We are compensated for our employees’ wages and equipment use, which helps bring in much needed revenue during this COVID pandemic. Our overall revenue stream has been impacted with reduced sales tax income and short falls from recreation programing.
The first concert of 2020 at Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage will feature the band 5 Second Rule on Tuesday, July 14. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm at Penfield Amphitheater, located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. 5 Second Rule is a collaboration of budding stars 15-year-old Max Doud and 14-year-old Brennan Dornberger. The teens are a product of Elvio Fernandes’ Camp Roc Star Academy, where they met and learned about music, performing, and collaborating.
The following guidelines will be enforced at Penfield Amphitheater so everyone attending can comfortably enjoy the performance:
- Attendees must remain six feet apart from anyone outside of their household.
- Face coverings are required when walking around the site; they are optional when seated.
- Attendees must bring their own chair or blanket to sit on.
- Attendees must wash and/or disinfect their hands before attending concert
This concert will be video recorded and broadcast LIVE by Penfield Television on Public Access Cable Channel 1301, and on streaming media devices ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Search "Penfield TV" in your device's app store; it is free. For questions regarding video coverage, please contact Penfield TV at (585) 340-8661.
Many residents across our community and surrounding communities know of Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute and the amazing work they do to build confidence, teach respect, stay fit, and teach self-defense, especially with our children and grandchildren. Grandmaster Kim and his staff work closely with the schools in the area to support, educate, and protect our youngest residents. Beginning July 15, GM Sung C. Kim (Master Kim) will serve as President of the World Ohdokwan USA Federation. Ohdokwan is one of the nine original Kwans (or schools) of Taekwondo. Founded in 1953 as part of the Republic of Korea Army’s Physical Training Program. It also taught Korean Police throughout South Korea, and instructed at some universities. Ohdokawn is Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute’s original school of Taekwondo. Grandmaster Kim—congratulations on this appointment, and thank you for being part of the Penfield community and for everything you do to support our residents.
Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain