September 4th, 2012

Scarborough Community Services Recreation Manager Bill Reichl updated the club on the long list of programs and responsibilities of the Community Serivces Department. He was joined by Hallie Hodge, Seniors Program Coordinator.



"If you asked residents in Scarborough if they knew what the Community Services Department does in the Town of Scarborough, we bet you'd hear that we offer recreational opportunities to all the citizens of Scarborough. They would be right. We bet you'd also hear that Community Services handles all reservations in town . . . for events in our schools, athletic programs in our gymnasiums and on our fields, or for official town meetings in the municipal building. They would also be correct. And some would say Community Services offers discount tickets for ski lifts, movies, amusement parks, or to sporting events in New England. We are many things to many people. And we serve every age of the community . . . from our preschoolers to our 55+ citizens. Physically, we are spread throughout the community . . . our administrative office is in the municipal building, our preschool and child care administrative offices are in the Bessworth Building, and our maintenance facility (housing our outdoor athletic field and landscaping equipment) is at the Clifford Mitchell Sports Complex. Additionally, our 55+ program is fortunate to have use of the facility at Hillcrest offered by State Manufactured Homes and the Desfosses family as well as use of Bessey Commons for exercise and healthy living programs. Above and beyond what our department offers, our Director is in charge of management of projects throughout the town as directed by the Town Manager. Some projects have included the management of construction of the Eastern Trail in Scarborough, the pier project at Pine Point, the parking lot at Higgins Beach, and construction of most of our town parks. " from town website

Their budget is over $2 million, with 89% of that self-generated through fees.