The City of Ellsworth Recreation Commission promotes recreation activities within the City of Ellsworth. The Commission sponsors activities and collaborates with area groups and organizations to encourage recreational activities within the community and at City owned recreational facilities.
The Commission overseas the maintenance and use of the Demeyer and Wilson Athletic Fields, Oak Street Basketball Courts, and the Commission sponsored outdoor winter ice rink. This past fiscal year provided opportunities for community minded volunteers from the Ellsworth area, Down East Family YMCA, and several departments within the City to work together to maintain the fields, parking areas, and facilities at these locations. This collaborative effort makes it possible for community members throughout the area to enjoy quality playing fields for Little League Baseball and Softball, Men’s Softball, Soccer and Basketball for all ages from April through early November.
This past year the adult softball field, known as Demeyer Field Number Three had field drainage issues which were addressed along with fence updates and repairs. The Men’s Softball program saw an increase in participants after several years of declining numbers. The Down East Family YMCA and Little League program volunteers made major upgrades to the dugouts and infield area of Demeyer Field Number Two, this work included upgrades to the backstop area. The Little League program made upgrades to the scoreboards for both softball and baseball, the addition of an electronic scoreboard to Demeyer Field Number One provided electronic scoring for the softball program for the first time. Continued upgrades to Demeyer Field Number One are on-going through volunteer efforts.
Wilson Field is a first class soccer field that provides a home field for the Ellsworth Soccer Club, Down East Family YMCA Youth Soccer Programs, and on occasion serves as the home field for RSU #24 home games for the Ellsworth Falcons and Ellsworth Eagles School Soccer Teams. The field is often used for adult and youth pickup games and practice throughout the year.
Under the direction of Commission member Jeff Wright the community enjoyed the second successful year of outdoor ice skating. A mild winter limited the number of skating days, but the lack of snow made it easier to keep the ice open as long as the outdoor temperatures allowed. The ice rink is a true community effort; keeping the ice in great condition requires many volunteer hours and the help of several city departments. We are truly grateful for Jeff Wright’s efforts on this project, and the help that is provided from area volunteers and City departments.
The annual Ellsworth Winter Carnival adapted to a snow-less stretch of weather, by modifying regular events to meet the outdoor conditions we had to work with. Using the Ice Rink as the center stage, regular events such as the cardboard sled race or parade, field events, art contest, and indoor games were all part of a great day of community activities. The community enjoyed a fireworks display supported by area businesses and community members. The addition of a “Pond Hockey” tournament to this years events highlighted a great weekend. The Commission thanks the community for the support of all events and funding the evening of fireworks.
The Ellsworth Recreation Commission collaborates with the Grand Auditorium to bring the Summer Concert Series to the Ellsworth Harbor Park. During July and August the public is treated to free outdoor music concerts at the gazebo at Harbor Park. The Recreation Commission also sponsors discounted family films shown during school vacations at the Grand Auditorium. The Ellsworth “Under the Stars Outdoor Movie Series” continues to see momentum, this attraction takes place in the Knowlton Park on Thursday evenings through out the summer.
The Commission looks forward to another year of working closely with the community to expand recreational opportunities for Ellsworth residents. If you have interest in learning more about these recreational programs or becoming a volunteer please contact a recreation commission member or the City of Ellsworth.
Fiscal year 2011-2012 Commission Members:
Patrick Maguire – Chairperson
City Council Members: