We (Simsbury) have a one of a kind facility whether you are a golfer, swimmer, participate in racquet sports and ice skating as well as a fitness trail, a children’s playscape and now two basketball courts. When you visit in the winter you may also see many sledders and cross country skiers as well as dedicated Paddle Ballers on a cold wintery evening.
In the last three years, we helped fund four memorial benches for the golf course. Funding was provided for the Golf Course Superintendent to install two sod farms for greens and fairways. The Friends are helping to restore and replace many of the old ORKIL FARMS FRUIT TREES. Sixty new apple trees have replaced many that were diseased and presented a hazard. Last year, we funded Wireless Controllers for the Scoreboards at the Skating Rink and the installation of a Weather Station for the Golf Course irrigation system as well as funding the Pond Aerator for the 15th Hole. We recently approved funding a disease mitigation program for all of the apple and pear trees spread throughout the property. We were also able to fund the last project proposed in the Simsbury Farms Master Plan. Two new basketball courts have been constructed thanks to a generous donation from the McElroy family.
Looking forward, under consideration are funding a study for cart and maintenance traffic throughout the golf course, a comprehensive facility signage program and additional golf course projects identified in the 2016 Comprehensive United States Golf Association and American Society of Golf Course Architects site visit. We are also working through recommendations from Recreation Department Staff for additional funding.
Additional projects, for consideration, can be brought to the attention of the Recreation Department and Golf Course Staff.