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Parks Commission Briefs

 (Sept. 3, 2015) The Berlin Parks Commission discussed the following items during a meeting at town hall on Sept. 1.
Henry Park memorial
The parks commission is working to set up a dedication for the new memorial commemorating Dr. William Henry that was placed last week in Henry Park.
Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen, the staff liaison for the committee, is hoping to set something up with the local NAACP chapter and the Germantown School. No date was set.
Pumpkin people
Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells lobbied the commission to consider a “Pumpkin People” event for Stephen Decatur Park, similar to an event held in Chatham, Ma.
The event invites residents to create sculpture art using pumpkins.
Bohlen said the commission supported the idea, although it may not have time to fit the event into this year’s calendar.
Little library
Berlin resident Ellie Zollinger, 7, petitioned the commission to establish a Little Free Library at Henry Park, specifically offering children’s books.
Essentially birdhouse-like boxes for lending books that works on an honor system, Little Free Libraries are located in several places in town, including one near the Worcester County Arts Council building on 6 Jefferson Street.
The commission supported the idea, and Zollinger will speak to the Berlin Mayor and Council about the project during a public meeting on Sept. 14.
Just walk
This year’s Just Walk Berlin is set for Nov. 14 at Stephen Decatur Park.
A partnership program with the Worcester County Health Department, Bohlen said this year’s event is still in the early planning stages.
“It essentially encourages people to get out and get some exercise by simply walking,” she said. This year’s event will be the fourth annual.
“We’re hoping this year to freshen it up a little bit and get some additional incentives for folks to come out,” Bohlen added.
Edible forest
The commission recommended approval for a joint project by Assateague Coastal Trust and Stephen Decatur Middle School to establish an “edible forest” near the nature trail at Stephen Decatur Park.
“The intent is to create a natural environment, but one that actually has harvestable fruits,” Bohlen said, adding that students would receive service hours for taking part in the project.
Assateague Coastal Trust will lobby the council on Oct. 26.