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Recreation Director Update

Rec Director Update

Goodbye 2022 ~ Hello 2023

An update from the Recreation Director, Janet McHugh

The new year is off and running, but not without a look back at 2022. Here’s a glimpse at some of the new features that were added to Parks and Recreation in 2022: New Pickleball courts at Hagantown Park, major repairs and refurbishment of 15+ baseball/softball fields, awarded a T-Mobile grant of $42,450 to build a new softball field and t-ball field at Stanley Still park, resealing the tennis courts at Red Oaks Mills and Greenvale Parks, also at Greenvale Park a much needed facelift to the pavilion and concession with fresh paint and stain, aerating and over-seeding the 13+ soccer fields, repairs to the restrooms, irrigation repairs, and expansion of the lower parking lot for additional parking, improvements to the entrance of Hillis Park, 3 new Little Free Libraries added to Crestwood Park, Red Oaks Mills, and Greenvale Parks, new bocce ball court at the senior center, new park benches in various parks, pollinator gardens in 4 parks, new ecosystem signs designed and installed at 6 parks, new park signage at Red Oaks Mills, Hagantown, and Senior Center, ongoing dead tree removal and tree trimming, a new pavilion at Peach Hill Park, pavement stencil activities at Overocker Park, new activity programs offered such as a children’s paint class, swing dance lessons, country line dance lessons, Zumba, yoga, and exercise classes, summer camp off-site trips and special programming for teens, and lots more. All in addition to our regular programing and special events. If you aren’t familiar with all of our recreation activities be sure to take a look at our website at

For 2023 we plan to continue to make improvements to our parks based on the feedback we’ve received from the public and park neighbors. We are looking at projects at Fairview Park, Rochdale Park, Hagantown Park, and Riverview Park. We have been awarded a $95,000 Dutchess County Community Development Grant to build a new fully accessible playground at Sheafe Rd.Park. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring and will include a new parking lot. We are also making continued improvements to Stanley Still Park to relocate the playground out of the floodplain and future plans to add restrooms.

Our 2023 Summer Camp registration is now open. Find details on our website.

If you have ideas or thoughts about improving the parks in your neighborhood, feel free to reach out by emailing us at we love hearing from you.

Happy New Year!

Janet McHugh

Director of Recreation