The crown jewel of the Town is its park system. The Parks & Recreation Department keeps Liberty’s public spaces accessible, beautiful and enjoyable for thousands of people who visit every year. The department of three full-time employees are responsible for a robust, year-round schedule of exciting and educational programs, which offers something for everyone at every age – from cooking and science classes to swimming lessons and the Town’s popular Warriors Football program. So, whether you’re part of a parade marching through town, enjoying the annual Easter egg hunt, or floating away a hot summer day at Shirley Diamond Pool, the Parks & Recreation Department has had a hand in your fun!
Working Supervisor Kevin Delaney, Assistant Recreation Director James Guara and administrative professional for the Parks Department Kathy Dworetsky are responsible for keeping Hanofee, Swan Lake and Walnut Mountain Parks in great shape. They also maintain the Main Street Stage and the Senior Center by clearing the parking lot and sidewalks at the Town Building when winter weather kicks up. In the warmer months they are responsible for maintaining the grounds and planting flowers. The department manages youth football, baseball, soccer, and swimming programs, maintains a challenging disc golf course, makes sure the skate park remains clean and keeps the hiking trails clear. Its signature program, a popular Summer Day Camp, serves more than 200 kids annually.
During peak months, the staff expands to between 30 and 40 people, including park seasonal positions like park attendants, day camp counselors and the lifeguard crew. The part-timers are primarily local high school and college students who work for the summer.
“We’re lucky to have a large group of young people who help us out as well as a large volunteer group that focuses on Walnut Mountain trails,” said Delaney “we wouldn’t be successful without them.”
Parks & Recreation has also worked closely with Sullivan Renaissance on civic beautification projects, and often benefits from additional hands lent by the organization’s own team of volunteers and interns.
When asked what the team loves most about their role in the community, Delaney said that nothing can beat the feeling of seeing people who started out going to the day camp coming back to volunteer in the programs years later.
“To see people go from being a kid in camp to a young adult who still wants to be around the program and help out,” said Delaney. “That just goes to show how well the community programs are working here!”
“A short trip from downtown puts you in any of our beautiful parks, and each one offers different amenities,” said Guara. “So, choose the amenity that’s for you, and get outside! Hanofee is great for athletic types; Walnut Mountain for nature lovers.”
The Parks & Recreation Department encourages everyone to get out and enjoy the fresh Catskills air. All Town parks officially ‘opened for business’ on May 1, but some features are subject to use as weather permits. The Parks & Recreation Department is located in the lower level of the Town Senior Citizen Building at 119 North Main Street, across the street from Town Hall. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The department can be reached at (845) 292-7690, or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.