Distinctions

The Farmington Recreation Department:
 
  • Designed and built the first public skateboard park in the State.
  • Turned a national baseball skills competition into a fundraiser for needs of area teams. Over $117,000 was raised by Pitch, Hit and Run from 1982 to 1998.
  • Created the Empty Net Shootout to resolve overtime youth soccer games removing responsibility from the goalies and spreading credit around to team players.
  • Adopted free throws for all players on both teams twice once at the half and the other after the 3rd period, to enable all players the opportunity to contribute to their teams score not just those with more ability or shooting opportunities.
  • Began a free fishing derby for adults with developmental disabilities so that they can experience the spontaneous thrills of trying to land a nice fish. Many had never been taken fishing by their families because of the extra attention they might need to succeed.
  • Had a 10 year run of success of "Someplace" a teen center open to High School and Middle schoolers on Saturday nights at the Community Center. It ultimately was the victim of budget cuts.
  • Began an "Over-the-Fence" Homerun Hall of Fame after the Little League Baseball Park was renovated in 1986. Dozens of names have been permanently placed on the sign which remains on the Backstop at the park. After 28 years, there is room for only one more name on the original sign.
  • Developing "Sampler Programs" for Elemantary grade students in an attempt to involve them in one-time activities in hopes of changing their sedentary lifestyle.
  • At the close of 2013 the Farmington Community Center was visited by the North East Regional Ambassador of the USA Pickleball Association, Rocky Clark, who described our facility as, "Three painted indoor courts….best in Maine!"
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