New energy for Parks and Recreation

Staff reorganized; two hired


By Jason Starr
The Colchester Sun

Two new Parks and Recreation program coordinators starting this month will bring youth, energy and new skill sets to the Colchester town offices, Parks and Recreation Director Glen Cuttitta said.

Cuttitta reorganized the department’s staff after the resignations this year of program coordinator Kelly McGinley and after-school site coordinator Emma Stevens, who worked at Union Memorial School and Colchester Middle School. The after-school site coordinator positions were consolidated from three to two, program coordinator Jen Turmel was promoted to a newly created position of program director, and a second program coordinator position was created.

Cuttitta hired Rhode Island native Isaac Spivey, 25, as one program coordinator and New Hampshire native Kate Richardson, 30, as another. Spivey will take over Turmel’s role of leading sports camps and youth programs. Richardson will oversee the Bayside Park waterfront, adult and senior programming, special events and social media marketing.

“(Spivey) is a very enthusiastic and dynamic young man and I think he will bring a lot of great opportunities to youth sports,” Cuttitta said.

Richardson, a water safety specialist who most recently worked in Colorado, brings expertise in outdoor sports such as mountain biking and rock climbing.

“We don’t currently have that,” Cuttitta said. “She will bring new things that we hope the community will embrace.”

Adding a dedicated social media marketer was a major reason for the staff reorganization. Being more active on social media will help bolster program enrollment when the department’s seasonal brochures become stale, Cuttitta said.

In the consolidated after-school positions, Kristin Roy will take over programming at Colchester Middle School and Porters Point School, and Moira Plant will oversee programming at Malletts Bay School and Union Memorial. Currently, the pair each coordinate just one school, Porters Point and Malletts Bay.

Changes are also in the works on the parks side of the department, where the headquarters at Airport Park — consisting of an office building and maintenance building that were converted from when the park was an airport — are being demolished and replaced. Demolition of the 2,300-square-foot maintenance building commenced this week. It will be replaced by a 4,000-square-foot maintenance, storage and office building. A second smaller building currently housing the office of the grounds foreman will be demolished in the spring, Cuttitta said.

The existing buildings are not heated and do not have running water in winter. The new building, a pre-fabricated metal structure, will be heated and have winter water.

The $459,000 project is funded through the Parks capital plan, Cuttitta said.