Board declares July 'visit a town park' month

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:48

    Warwick - Warwick has seven town-operated parks that offer all residents a stay-cation this summer. At the regular meeting of the board on June 23 at Town Hall, Councilman Leonard DeBuck introduced a resolution declaring July as “visit a town park month. The motion unanimously passed. “With gasoline prices being what they are, the Town of Warwick would like to extend an invitation to residents to enjoy a stay-cation right here in Warwick,” said DeBuck. The board kept the fees at Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park the same as last year, a decision town officials said, could make this summer the most successful beach season ever. For residents, the family season pass costs $100, the 55+ senior pass and child pass cost $25, the adult pass costs $40, and all children under 5 are free. Daily passes cost $3. The beaches are now open seven days week. In addition to the Morahan Waterfront facility, the town’s parks include Greenwood Lake, Cascade Lake, Wickham Lake, Airport Road, Union Corners Road and Pine Island parks. And each park has its unique attractions such as swimming, hiking and disk golf. Many of the parks also have picnic facilities and pavilions that can be rented for group gatherings. More complete information about parks and fees are posted on the town’s Web site ( In other news: Town contest Energize Warwick is underway, and the $10,000 prizewinner will be announced on June 14, 2012. WVT Communications has put up the cash prize, which goes to the non-profit with the most points awarded by homeowners who conducted energy upgrades. Complete information is available at Town Hall and on the town web site. In May, the Community Preservation Fund raised $44,180.74, bringing the total raised to date to $2,946,060.59, of which the current fund balance totals $1,905,470.59 following expenditures on the Seward Homestead and Wright Farm. The board accepted the bid of Jim Leshinski Electric of Warwick to install energy efficient lighting at Town Hall and the DPW garage at a cost not to exceed $14,087. Leshinski was the second lowest bidder. The board rejected the lowest bid, which did not meet specifications. The next regular meeting of the board will be held at 7:30 p.m. on July 14 at Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway. - Birgit Bogler