The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District was recognized in February 2013 by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA). Their 2012 Photo Contest Calendar project won a 3rd place award in the Marketing: Print category. The 1st annual project was created in 2011 and was designed to encouraged residents to get outdoors in all of the parks that make up the Bellbrook and Sugarcreek Township area. The Park District provided a recreational opportunity for participants to grab a camera and showcase what they value in the community. In the fall of 2011, participants entered photos with the goal of being in the top 12 that were featured throughout the year in a complimentary community calendar. 82 photos were submitted with approximately 2,000 votes by the Park District’s Facebook fans and in-person at the Community Center. The Park District completed the 2013 Photo Calendar Contest last October. 55 photo entries participated in the contest with over 2,000 votes again on Facebook and in-person. The 2013 calendar is on display at the Community Center currently. The 3rd annual Photo Calendar Contest will take place again this fall for the 2014 calendar. For more information, please contact (937)-848-3535.
The Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District would like to recognize Torie Weslow as the 2012 Youth Volunteers of the Year and Julie Powers as the 2012 Adult Volunteers of the Year!
Torie began volunteering for the Park District while attending Bellbrook Middle School in 2010. This past year she has dedicated many hours volunteering at monthly and weekly programs including Family Movie Night and Playground Club summer camp. She also assisted our program staff with special events and programs including Tie Dye Bonanza, Wonderful Winter Birds, Spring Starter Garden, After School Adventure Club, prep work leading up to special events and will be the witch during this year’s Halloween in the Park. Torie is always willing to jump into any program with a positive and enthusiastic attitude. Torie is now a freshman at the Bellbrook High School. She is a member of Partnerships for Success (PFS) and Key Club. She also likes to play soccer and volleyball.
Julie Powers is a Master Gardener for Greene County. For a little over a year, Julie has been heavily involved in helping the park district with plans to extricate the invasive honeysuckle from the north end of Bellbrock park and to include a shade garden. Julie created the layout and design of the shade garden. She helped to preserve and highlight the natural spring that occurs within this area. Once the honeysuckle was cleared, Julie coordinated with other local Master Gardeners who volunteered to implement the plans with park staff. They planted trees, shrubs and other plants this past spring that will be enjoyed for many years to come. Thank you, Torie and Julie for your hard work, time, and commitment to the community and the park district
Citizen of the Year
Do you know someone who has been active in making our community a better place to live or who has performed a service considered above and beyond the call of duty? If so you can nominate someone for the 2013 Sugar Maple Citizen of the Year! Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Sugar Maple Festival website www.sugarmaplefestival.com. Hard copies of the nomination form can also be obtained from the Bellbrook City Building, the Sugarcreek Township Facility, the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District’s Community Center, Dot’s Market or the Winter’s Library after January 6, 2013. Completed forms can be mailed to the Sugar Maple Committee before March 14, 2013. Next year’s Sugar Maple Festival will be here before you know it. The dates are April 19, 20 and 21 so start thinking about who should be next year’s Citizen of the Year!
Sugar Maple Festival plates are now available for a limited time. Due to an unfortunate production problem, plates were not sold at the 2012 Sugar Maple Festival. The festival committee has a new supplier and the plates are now available to purchase for $17.00 each. Please call Holly Levine at 937-750-9925 before October 31st to get yours.
The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District is partnering with the Greene County Master Gardeners to design a shade garden in Bellbrock Park. An estimated 10,000-12,000 square foot section of honey suckle and dead trees were cleared out earlier this winter by the park district. The Bellbrook Garden Club recently donated funds to purchase trees and shrubs for the garden project. Master Gardener and volunteer, Julie Powers has created the layout of the shade garden. Marie Tinka, who is also a Master Gardener and volunteer, coordinated with Ms. Powers and other local Master Gardeners to plant trees and shrubs in the garden on Friday, April 13th. They plan to start establishing the shade garden in the near future. A list will go out to other Greene County Master Gardeners and to Bellbrook Garden Club members to request plant donations. A shared maintenance schedule will also be developed for volunteers to work in the garden on a regular basis. The beautification of Bellbrock Park is now possible thanks to the help from these devotes volunteers and the Bellbrook Garden Club. The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District appreciates their time and commitment to the community!
In the photos:
Top photo - Volunteers (Left to right, Julie Powers, Marie Tinka, Kathy Welde, and Kathy Gall; Lynn Thompson from TJ’s Gardens not pictured) who planted the trees and shrubs on April 13th.
Bottom photos - the garden area after the trees and shrubs were planted on April 13th.
2012 Calendars will be available free to the public November 17th, 2011 at the Community Center as well as at Christmas in the Park on December 3rd from 5-7pm.