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Canton Celebrates its Expanded Skate Park

By John Fitts 

Canton officials and numerous skaters from near and far celebrated a newly expanded skate park at Mills Pond Park Saturday afternoon.

Canton’s 5,000 square foot skate park was originally built in the early 2000s and the new section involves some 3,000 square feet of concrete elements. Rampage, which also built the original park, recently completed the improvements, at a cost of a little less than $93,000.

The funds were included in a state Small Town Economic Assistance Program funds the town received in 2014. Other improvements, including poolhouse renovations and court resurfacing, had already been completed but the skate park took a little longer after going through a couple of iterations.

The expansion plans were approved by land-use agencies over the summer.

“It’s such a relief and it’s very exciting to finally have the park up and running,” Joshua T. Medeiros, director of Canton Parks and Recreation, said. “All the feedback we’ve received so far on the park has been really, really positive.”

Dan Cotton, of Burlington, frequented the park when younger but in recent years but had gotten away from the sport.

“Having this, it’s bringing me back,” he said, in part. “I’ll be here day in and day out, along with the rest of these people. It’s going to be a good time. I love it.”

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The band will also be acoustic sets Saturday, Nov. 19 at Maple Cafe, 938 Maple Ave., Hartford, starting at 9:30 p.m. Follow them at https://www.facebook.com/Rubensbasement/

Skate Park Improvements to Begin Soon


By John Fitts 

CANTON — If all goes well, construction for an expanded skate park at Mills Pond Park will start later this month.

The town is resurfacing the current skate park area and adding a 3,000-plus square foot, concrete addition to the rear. Earlier this summer, some of the existing structures were refurbished.

Rampage, who designed the original park in 2003, was selected as the vendor for the new project. Weather permitting the company will begin set up later this week, said Joshua T. Medeiros, director of Canton Parks and Recreation.

The town’s Public Works Department will perform some of the site work and if weather and schedules permit, the hope is that construction will begin the week of Sept. 26, Medeiros added. It’s expected to take 4 to 6 weeks and the park will be closed during construction.

“I am really pleased that we are approaching the construction phase of this project and I’m hoping that our skater community will be happy with the final results,” Medeiros said. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Pooch Plunge

Photos by John Fitts

Some 30 dogs and their owners came out to enjoy the second annual Pooch Plunge at Mills Pond Park pool on Tuesday evening.

“I thought it was very successful,” said Courtney Hewett, who is recreation supervisor/aquatics director for Canton Parks and Recreation. “I’m glad the weather held out. We look forward to doing it in the future.”

The event, held one day after the pool closed residents, benefitted The Friends of Canton Dog Park, a group that is in the process of obtaining non-profit status and will begin fundraising for a dog park they are hoping to build on Commerce Drive. Approximately $300 was raised.

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Town Hopes to Expand its Skate Park Later This Summer

By John Fitts

Officials hope this new concrete addition to the skate park will come later this summer.

Officials hope this new concrete addition to the skate park will come later this summer.

CANTON — If all goes well at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting this month, the town hopes to expand its skate park later this summer.

In 2014, the town received a $500,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program for improvements at Mills Pond Park. A pool house overhaul, which followed other upgrades at the pool, tennis and basketball resurfacing.

The skate park has taken a little longer and gone through a few iterations. Over time there’s been some changes, adjustments due to cost and a few differences over its look and placement. However, with a final plan on the table, Joshua T. Medeiros, director of Canton Parks and Recreation, is optimistic work could begin in August.

“We’re excited about it,” Medeiros said. “It’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of when.” … Continue Reading

Town to Seek State Funding for Proposed Lawton Road Park Project

The town is hoping a state grant will fund the first phase of this proposed park project on Lawton Road.

The town is hoping a state grant will fund the first phase of this proposed park project on Lawton Road.

By John Fitts 

The town is hoping a state grant will help further a plan to develop a recreational park on Lawton Road.

By a 3-1 vote on Wednesday, selectmen voted to seek a 2016 Small Town Economic Assistance Grant, which can be as much as $500,0000, to help fund the project – or at least a portion of it.

The parcel at 55 Lawton Road, at approximately 17 acres, has been owned by the town since the 1960s. Originally purchased with the idea of building a school, several plans over the years have identified it as a potential recreational opportunity. In 2012, the Parks and Recreation commission voted to further a plan to utilize a portion of the property for a main playing field, primarily for youth sports, two practice fields, and a parking area.

Originally estimated at $768,742, the potential project cost rose as high as $908,742 when the board of selectmen requested that irrigation and parking lot lighting be added to the master plan.

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Images of Canton: Valentine’s Cookie Decorating

Photos by Joshua Medeiros

Photos by Joshua Medeiros

The Canton Parks and Recreation Department hosted Cookie decorating with Ms. Julie on Friday. In cookie decorating classes, children and grown ups can frost, sprinkle and EAT their creations together.

The department is also still accepting registrations for Valentines Parent Night Out tomorrow and also February vacation camp with the art truck on Tuesday. Full details and registration for all programs is available at www.cantonrec.org.

Canton’s Recreation Supervisor Enjoys Position’s Variety

Courtney Hewett

Courtney Hewett

Courtney Hewett didn’t always envision a career in the Parks and Recreation field.

But Canton’s Recreation Supervisor has discovered it’s an exciting one.

“I’m really enjoying it,” Hewett said. “It’s something different every day. It never gets boring.”

Hewett started as Recreation Supervisor in October, a full-time job that combines the duties of aquatics supervisor and program coordinator. In the summer, she’ll spend much of her time at Mills Pond Pool but also oversees recreation programs, and helps with office administration and community center room reservations.

Working with department director Joshua T. Medeiros, she has also been developing a myriad of new programs for the town such as an adult hula-hoop and children’s dance classes. … Continue Reading

Parks and Recreation Department Offers Family Science Carnival

CantonPR_Logo_FullColor_WEB(Submitted) Canton Parks and Recreation is teaming up with Mad Science to give kids a science show for the ages! Children will be dazzled and entertained as they interact with Mad Scientists! Foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air and even a special Mad Science “burp” potion that will amaze children as they learn about chemical reactions, air pressure and the states of matter. There will also be a Slime Spectacular where children can make their own slime and bring it home and the infamous Zap Attack where they get to learn all about electricity.
Pre-registration is required. 

The event takes place from 5 to 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 at Cherry Brook Primary School. Cost is $20 per child. Parents are free.
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Canton Parks and Rec. Hosting Turkey ‘Shoot,’ Breakfast with Santa and Lights Contest


(Submitted) The Canton Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the following special events:

Turkey Shoot- Canton Parks and Recreation will be holding a brand new special event: Turkey Shoot Basketball Contest on Saturday November 22nd for youth ages 8-13yrs (and a parent/guardian of his/her choice). Child and Parent will compete in a basketball foul shooting contest for a chance to win a Thanksgiving Turkey! Parent/Child teams will be divided into divisions: 8 & 9yrs, 10 & 11yrs, and 12 & 13yrs. A winner will be awarded in each category. Various prizes will be raffled off throughout the morning. The event will be held in the Canton Intermediate School Gymnasium. Doors open at 9:30amwith the event starting at 10am. Admission is only $5 per team and a canned good for donation. Special thanks to Shop Rite in Canton for donating gift certificates for this special event! Register today at www.cantonrec.org, over the phone at 860-693-5808 or in person at the Parks and Recreation Office. For any questions please contact Courtney Hewett, Recreation Supervisor of Parks and Recreation at chewett@townofcantonct.org or call 860-693-5808 … Continue Reading


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