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Rainy summer impacts use of rec resources in 2009

"People are staying around and having their picnics around home," Lanahan said. "If we'd had a better summer last year weather wise I think we would have seen bigger numbers."

She added that while the Elm Avenue Park remains the best known in town, the Henry Hudson Park has been seeing more use and interest.

"We still have people who don't know Henry Hudson Park exists," Lanahan said. "But once people have been down to Henry Hudson Park and seen it, they want to have their next event there."

The Parks and Recreation Department is also responsible for employing a large number of area youth, especially for summer programs. 219 jobs were filled through the youth employment services branch of the department. Local groups also donated 2,700 volunteer hours.

Besides finishing up the golf course garage, the Parks and Rec Department has work on the Henry Hudson Park's shoreline stabilization study, the completion of an upgrade to the pool's filtration system and the start of improvements to the Moh-He-Con-Nuck Nature Preserve to look forward to next year.

At Mo-He-Con-Nuck, access from River Road must be built and a parking area installed before the first trail cuts can be made into the 53-acre site. The master plan for the land calls for an extensive trail network that will be added to in phases, along with some passive elements like picnic tables. The project presents a new challenge for rec department staff, Lanahan said.

"It's kind of a different project for us considering it's a nature preserve and not an active recreation area," she said.

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