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Annual Trail of Treats set for Oct. 24

SALEM — Parks Director Shane Franks and Recreation Supervisor Amber Smith are inviting local churches, clubs, businesses and organizations to take part in this year’s Trail of Treats from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

“It’s a great event,” Franks said.

The Sixth Annual Trail of Treats will remain at Waterworth Memorial Park and return to a walking event, but not on the Nature Trail.

Instead, the route will begin at the service road just past Rotary softball field off of the Sunset Boulevard parking lot. The path will go near the pollinator garden then travel past the tennis courts and band shell back out to the Sunset Boulevard parking lot.

The Trail of Treats is a joint project of Salem Parks & Recreation and Eyes for Olivia as a fun time for kids 14 and under trick-or-treating and an easy way for groups or businesses to do a little self-promotion.

There’s no cost to the kids and the only cost to participating businesses and groups is the candy they pass out.

Participants passing out candy are encouraged to dress up and decorate their table for Halloween, with awards given for best decorated area. Any adults going through the trail will receive a bag with all the promotional items inside from businesses and organizations.

Smith and Franks updated the Salem Parks Commission Wednesday on the upcoming event, with Smith noting at least 23 groups have registered to participate. There were 50 last year, but the goal is to expand that to 60 participants.

Interested businesses or groups should contact Smith at 330-271-8913 or Kim Hoffman from Eyes for Olivia at 330-720-5220 to register.

Prior to the Trail of Treats, the Salem Public Library will give out awards for a costume contest.

In other business, Franks reported that an appointment for a leak inspection of Centennial Pool has been confirmed for Sept. 29. As part of the preparation, the pool had to keep being maintained as if it was open, so he said some extra expenses for chemicals may appear on the expenditures report at next month’s meeting, which is set for Oct. 27 at the parks office on Oak Street.

He also reported that the city lake or Salem Reservoir is closed now.

Under continued business, he said the excavating at Rotary family sports area is starting this week, with a goal to get the excavation done, drainage installed and concrete pads for golf and batting cages done. The ground for the sand court will be dug also. He said they have the golf nets, artificial turf and batting cages.

“We’re going to try to get as much done this fall as we can,” Franks said.

Commission Vice Chairman Lucille Karnofel asked about the children’s playground, hoping the equipment will be different than what’s already at the park. Franks said Rotary is having a separate fundraiser for the playground.

He reported that the wheelchair swing project at Waterworth Memorial Park is complete and thanked scout Sam Murray and all the contributors to the project.

He also thanked the city of Salem for including the parks in this year’s paving project, saying the repaving of the lots off of Sunset Boulevard were the most in need of repairs. Work will also be done on Centennial Drive at Centennial Park.

Commission Chairman John Panezott said they also owe the taxpayers their thanks since the project was covered with the additional .25 percent income tax.

There was some discussion about speed bumps. If none are put in, the parks commission may explore some options to slow people down on the new pavement.

Franks reported that the Greenford church plans to bring in 50 to 100 volunteers sometime in October to finish painting the Swings & Things playground. He and Parks Foreman Jim Grimm offered thanks to employees of KeyBank, who recently volunteered their services during a recent work day, helping to cut back perennials.

Grimm reported on some of the work he and the maintenance crew did recently, such as trimming low limbs, fixing a drainage pipe at Lions Field, working on equipment, cleaning drains, preparing equipment for leaves. Panezott said someone asked about pavilion 5 off of Pershing Street. All agreed it needed some work, with moss on the roof.

Smith reported on the most recent Go Wild in the Park program on Bigfoot and said there was a good crowd for the last movie of the season, Wizard of Oz. She announced the Story Trail will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 on the Nature Trail at Waterworth Memorial Park.

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