marks the 50th year of Parks and Recreation providing a legacy of service to
the Essex community. Throughout the year, Parks and Recreation will be hosting
events and programming to celebrate our
half a century milestone. In March,
Ms. Dorothy Gross, the founder of the Commission will lead the Essex go Bragh
parade along Main Street Essex Village.
In 1967, you
could purchase gas for 33 cents per gallon, The Monkees topped the charts with
Day Dream Believer and The Last Train to Clarksville, Essex was celebrating the
completion of Route 9. On March 28, 1967 the Town of Essex authorized the
formation of a Park and Recreation Commission, at the May 25, 1967 Board of
Selectman meeting the commission was appointed. Member of the Commission
were James Byrne, Eric Johnson, Dorothy M. Goss, John A. Johns with Edwin S.
Sprigg serving as Chairman.
Also planned on July
19, the Town of Essex Park and Recreation Commission will host a Summer Concert
Celebration. The Concert will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. at Main Street Park,
Essex Village and will feature live musical performances by the Billy Joel
Tribute Band, River of Dreams and a kid focused performance with T-Bone,
Americas Musical Pipe Piper and face painting with Bohemian Body Art starting
at 5:30pm. (We will be having cake as well)
We have reached out
to all current and former Park and Recreation Commissioners and have invited
them to attend the Parade & Birthday Celebration Concert, We were able to
track down over 50 former members and hope that we will be able to have a great
representative of all the amazing volunteers that served in the past 50 years.
events are in the works, we are hoping to Sponsor a Family Night with the
Hartford Wolf Pack and Shakespeare in the Park this year as well. Our
Summer Day Camp will also be hosting a 50th Celebration
activities and events throughout our summer programming.