Rec Master Plan Survey

The next and final step in the data gathering process for creating Westford's new recreation master is a online survey and that survey is now available.

The survey is located at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WestfordRecreation
Please encourage friends and family to take the survey.   Please only 1 response per resident.

Even if you participated in the public input sessions earlier this year it is important that you take a few minutes and complete the survey.

The survey will be available for a few weeks.  After the survey has been closed the data will be analyzed and incorporated into the recreation master plan.  The master plan should be completed in early 2016.
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Rec Campaign in Westford Eagle

The Rec Center Campaign and Recreation Master Plan public input sessions were featured in a Westford Eagle article this week.  If you have not read the article you may do so here.

The article can also be download here.

The last public input session for Westford's Recreation Master Plan is being held on Tuesday June 16th from 7:30 to 9 pm in the Westford Academy upper cafeteria.  Please consider attending this session.  The public's input is very important to the development of the master plan.

 

 

 

 

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2003 Recreation Master Plan

Did you know that Westford conducted a recreation master plan in 2003?  If you are interested the plan may be downloaded from  here (23 MB PDF shared via Dropbox.  You do not need a Dropbox account to view the file so if prompted to create one just ignore).

The development of a new recreation master plan for Westford is underway.  Public input sessions are schedule for June 10th at 7:30-9 pm at the Stony Brook Middle School and June 16th at 7:30 to 9 pm at the Westford Academy.  These sessions are the best way to make your opinion known about what recreation programs and facilities Westford should have.  Please try to attend!!!

 

 

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2015 Apple Blossom Parade

On May 16th athletes from Westford Academy's state champion swim teams marched in the 2015 Apple Blossom parade.  The athletes distributed over 800 rec center campaign flyers.

Thanks to those who participated in this great annual event.

 

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Board of Selectmen Meeting 05/12/15

Westford Friends of Recreation appeared before the Board of Selectmen on May 12, 2015.  The Friends provided the Selectmen with a brief overview of the Rec Center Campaign.

You can view the meeting at:

http://www.westfordcat.org/channels/government-channel/board-of-selectmen/05122015/

The presentation may be viewed here.

 

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Rec Master Plan Public Input Sessions

VERY IMPORTANT!!!

The Westford Parks and Recreation Department & Commission are in the process of developing an updated recreation master plan for the town.  This plan will help guide the Town in determining what the recreation needs and desires are of the town residents.

This is a very important opportunity for residents to let town officials know about their desire for improved recreational amenities in town.  There are two public input sessions coming up  June.  The first is going to be held on June 10th at 7:30-9 pm at the Stony Brook Middle School and the second is on June 16th at 7:30 to 9 pm at the Westford Academy.  Please plan on attending at least one of these sessions and provide you opinion on where recreation should be heading in Town over the next 5 to 10 years.

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Rec Center Campaign Logo

The Rec Center Campaign logo contest winner was Westford Academy student Dylan Crocker.  Dylan's design incorporated the outline of Westford with various athletic icons to create a unique logo for the Rec Center Campaign.  Thank you Dylan for the hard work!

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More of Dylan's work may be viewed at http://dylancrocker.carbonmade.com/

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Feb 2015 Update

It has been a while since our last update.  Hopefully everyone is holding up well after all this snow.  It would be nice if there was a recreation center in town that would allow us to get out of the house, get some exercise and connect with fellow residents.

Over the last few months an RFP for creating the town’s next recreation master plan went out.  In January, the Parks and Recreation Commission reviewed proposals and selected a firm to produce the plan.  The Board of Selectmen voted to support the Parks and Recreation Commission’s selection at their meeting on Feb 10th.  The contract for the master plan work should be awarded by the end of this month and starting in March the Parks and Recreation Commission will be meeting with the firm to set up a timeline for implementation. 

Included in the many steps that will go into creating the master plan will be a few public meetings.  These will be critical opportunities for residents to voice their support for a recreation center.  The next goal of the Westford Friends of Recreation will be to help advertise these public meetings and we will depend upon those of you who have been eager to support the rec center campaign to help get the word out to friends and neighbors.  As soon as we know what the dates will be for the public input meetings will we’ll let you know.

For those of you who might be willing to go above and beyond here are a few opportunities for you to do so:

1)      The Westford Friends of Recreation is looking for 1-2 additional board members.  Typically this will involve 1 meeting per month as well as participation in outreach events and some project work.   Your time commitment can be as large or small as you like.  Having marketing, advertising, fund raising or legal experience is a plus, but anyone who is eager to help with improving recreational opportunities in Westford would be welcome.   If interested, please fill out the WFOR volunteer form: http://www.westfordfriendsofrecreation.org/volunteer

2)      Parks and Recreation Commission opening.  The Town is looking for a candidate to serve as an alternate board member.  Typically there is 1 board meeting a month (usually none during the summer) and the work required outside the board meeting is manageable.   This is a great opportunity to serve your community.  If you have any interest in this position please fill out a Citizen Activity Form at https://data.westfordma.gov/bc/newcaf.php

3)      WFOR special project help.  We need to send out a town wide mailing and are seeking help with the design of the mailing.   If you are good with graphic design, marketing, advertising, etc and would like to help us design the mailing we would love to hear from you.  Send an email to info@westfordfriendsofrecreation.org  if interested.

 

 

 

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2014 Year End Update

At the beginning of the summer, a dedicated group of Westford residents came together in an effort to establish a recreation and community center in Westford.  First, the group formalized under the auspices of the Westford Friends of Recreation (WFOR), a registered non-profit for over a decade, with hopes of imitating the success of WFOR’s last active project - the creation of the turf fields at Nutting Road.  Secondly, the Friends rolled out a new website to facilitate communication and media presence.  From June through August, as part of our outreach strategy, we participated in numerous events such as Westford’s Strategic Planning day, the weekly Farmer’s Market and the Pig N Pepper Fest.  At these events it was always uplifting to see people’s excitement about a new recreation center in Westford!

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Rec Center Campaign Logo Contest

Design a logo for the Westford Friends of Recreation's campaign to establish a recreation center in Westford.  The winner will receive $50 and have their logo displayed on campaign media such as emails, website, banners, presentations etc.  This is a great opportunity to help enhance recreation in our community.

Submissions due by 12/31/2014.

Contest rules

Logo Contest Design Guidelines - Artist Agreement.pdf

Questions may be submitted to info@westfordfriendsofrecreation.org

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Nov 2014 RCM

Our rec center of the month (RCM) is the Cub Run Rec Center in Chantilly, VA.

Cub Run RECenter is a 65,000 square foot facility that includes a 4,860 square foot leisure entertainment pool featuring two water slides and a water playground, a 25-yard by 25-meter swimming pool, a 9,600 square foot fitness center and two multipurpose rooms - one a 3,000 square foot room that can be divided in half, the other a 1,700 square foot room, and a 270 square foot party room.

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2014 Oct Fundraiser at Panera

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