Town Park / Recreation

To contact the Recreation Department, write to this address: townclerk@townofcambria.com, and your message will be delivered to the correct party.  Thank you.  

 

Baseball |Softball | Summer Day Recreation | Soccer

Town Park | Town Park Planning Committee

 

 


 

The Town of Cambria offers Summer Day Recreation and Baseball Programs for the youth of our community ages 5 years through 16 years old. We encourage older youth (16-21 years of age) to get involved with community recreation by volunteering or applying for positions as Recreation Leaders, Recreation Assistants, Assistant Coaches and Umpires. We also accept volunteers for community service requirements to help get our programs up and running.

The Recreation Committee conducts monthly meetings that are open to the public. Cambria residents are encouraged to attend. Please contact the Town Clerk's Office at (716) 433-7664 for dates and times . We invite residents to express their opinions, address their concerns and share their ideas for the betterment of programs.

The Cambria Recreation Committee is comprised of five members and a Councilman Liason.  The current members appointed to the Recreation Committee are

Lawrence Amacher- Chair

James Schwab- Member

Steven Larson- Member

Susan Wendt- Member

Peggy Mayer- Member

Jeffrey S. Hurtgam - Town Board Representative/Liaison

For more information about our programs, please contact the individual Director for the program you are interested in.  See more informatio below.

SOCCER

 

 

 


AT THE CAMBRIA TOWN PARK

 

  Buffalo's Premier Youth Soccer Program!

Soccer Shots is a program offered to children 2-8 that meets once a week at daycare centers, schools, and parks throughout WNY to introduce your child to soccer! Our Soccer Shots instructors are energetic and enthusiastic, are great teachers, and love working with children. We not only teach soccer skills, but also work on improving balance, coordination, and agility with the kids. Soccer Shots also uses the sessions to teach children important concepts such as teamwork, sharing and respect. Come join the fastest growing youth soccer program today!

http://www.soccershots.org/buffalonorth/

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

 

BASEBALL:

Baseball Director:

Rodney Hogg

The Cambria Baseball Program is currently made up of 8 recreational leagues with an emphasis on SPORTSMANSHIP, as our main goal.  There are no tryouts for any of the Cambria Leagues.  All participants are welcome regardless of their physical or athletic abilities.  Everyone plays every game.  There is a registration fee for both town and non-town residents which will be announced each year.  Registration is usually in February and March.  Information flyers are provided through local school, newspapers, Town Newsletter (when possible) and the Town Clerk’s Office.

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T-Ball - This program is open to boys and girls ages 4 - 6 years old.  The T-Ball Program is designed to teach the participants how to work together as a team.  The T-Ball program starts mid to late May and runs 6 weeks through July.  T-Ball is played Saturday at 9am.

Midget League - The Midget League is a coed league for girls and boys ages 7 and 8.  This program is a coach-pitched modified little league program.  It is played on a 50-foot diamond and is designed to teach baseball/softball basics, safety, teamwork and sportsmanship.  The Midget League plays on Saturday mornings at 11 am. The season opens mid to late May and runs through the second through the second week of July. 

Minor League -  The Minor League is for boys ages 9-10. However, it is not restricted to boys.  Several girls have participated in this program.  It is a player-pitched little league program that is played on a 60-foot diamond with pitching at 42 feet.  The program is designed to teach baseball/ softball basics, safety, teamwork and sportsmanship.  The Minor League plays on various days, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  The season opens mid to late May and runs through the second week of July. 

Major League - The Cambria Major League is a recreational baseball league for boys 11-12 years of age.  However, it is not restricted to boys only.  We have had several girls participate in this program.  The Major League is based on Sanctioned Little League rules set forth by Williamsport Little League with modified Town rules (mainly sportsmanship and safety rules).  While this is a recreational league, there is friendly sportsman-like competition.  There are no try-outs for this league and everyone plays each game.  This program is designed to refine the participants’ skills in preparation for more competitive leagues, such as Babe Ruth, Midget A & B and High School Teams.  Safety and sportsmanship is number one in this league.  The participants play various days, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The season starts mid to late May with play-offs and championships early to mid July.

Babe Ruth - The Babe Ruth league is for boys ages 13-16 years old.  It is a more competitive traveling league for boys.  This league plays on Monday and Wednesday at 6:00 PM and the season starts mid to late June and runs through mid August. 

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Softball (9-11)- Girls Softball is for girls ages 9-11 years old.  As in the boys’ league, this league is not restricted to girls only.  Girls Softball is a recreational league designed to teach safety, sportsmanship and team effort.  This league refines the program participants’ skills, knowledge and understanding of the game and team play. Softball games are scheduled at 6:30 PM on Tuesday and Thursday at the Cambria Fire Hall, Cambria-Wilson Road.  The season starts mid to late May and continues through play-offs and championship games early to mid July.

Softball (12-14)- Girls Softball is for girls ages 12-14 years old. Girls Softball is a recreational league designed to teach safety, sportsmanship and team effort.  This league refines the program participants’ skills, knowledge and understanding of the game and team play. Softball games are scheduled at 6:30 PM on Tuesday and Thursday at the Cambria Fire Hall, Cambria-Wilson Road.  The season starts mid to late May and continues through play-offs and championship games early to mid July.

Pony Tail (15-17)- The Pony Tail League is a traveling recreational league, however, is more competitive and is designed to refine the participant’s skills in preparation for more competitive leagues such as High School Softball.  The games are scheduled for 6:00 PM Monday and Wednesday at the Cambria Fire Hall, Cambria-Wilson Road.

For more information regarding the Town of Cambria Baseball Program, please contact the Baseball Director.

  

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SUMMER DAY RECREATION PROGRAM:

Sally-Marotta-Reed, Summer Recreation Director

716-860-2680 (cell phone).

 

 Summer Recreation Forms

 

Calendar of Events

The Town of Cambria Summer Day Recreation Program is a 6-week, safe, fun-filled program of age appropriate activities for the community’s youth age 5 - 15 years old.  Located at the Cambria Town Hall/Community Building, 4160 Upper Mt Rd., the program runs from Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Please note that children must be five(5) years old by June 1st.

Participants do not have to attend every day or for a full day. Activities are outlined on a weekly calendar to include field trips once a week and recreational swimming on Tuesdays. Those participating in swim days are bussed from their site to Fort Niagara. All activities are carefully monitored by our qualified staff members. Parent participation and chaperones are welcome. Parents are also welcome to stop in and observe our daily activities at any time. While we encourage children to participate daily it is important that parents note that the program is not intended to be a babysitting service. While our employees are qualified by guidelines set forth by the Town and State of New York for recreation programs, we do not meet licensed day care requirements.

Registration is required. We also need a copy of your child's immunization forms. Local schools are provided with informational flyers late May - early June. Additional information can be obtained through the Summer Recreation Director.

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 Town Park
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TOWN PARK RULES & REGULATIONS
ADOPTED BY TOWN BOARD AUGUST 9, 2012
 
Park Shelter use application
 
Special Event use application
 
 
TOWN PARK PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

CAMBRIA TOWN PARK PROGRESS REPORT – FEBRUARY 2010

 

The nature trails are now complete with the addition of placards identifying plants and animals in the park.  The placards were installed as part of an Eagle Scout Project completed by John McIntosh.

 

The excavation for the southwest road and parking areas, in addition to the retention basin has been completed.  The major drainage piping of 15”, 18” and 24” lines have been installed.  Hundreds of tons of clay and topsoil were used to raise the level of the soccer fields and baseball diamond.  The crushed stone base for the southwest road and parking was completed in October 2009.  The drainage grid of 6” pipe has been started on the baseball diamond.  The plan is to have soccer fields and a baseball diamond finished by Spring 2010.

 

During the fall of 2009, 100 evergreen trees were planted at the park entrance, the north boundary line and around the retention basin.

 

Much appreciation to Jon MacSwan, Highway Superintendent and his employees for their hard work which has greatly contributed to the park’s developmental progress.

 

George J. Bush, Park Planning Committee Chairman

 

 


 

CAMBRIA TOWN PARK

 

 

PROGRESS REPORT – AUGUST 2006

 

Construction of the Town Park Nature Trail Project is scheduled to commence in the fall.  The project is being funded with a matching grant of $150,000 from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  As a New York State funded project, various conditions were imposed and have been addressed by the Town.

 

The following represents the project status report as of June 30, 2006, as prepared by our Project Engineers, Wendel Duchscherer:

 Work Authorized to date:

                                                            Budget                         Percentage

                                                                                                Complete

 

Master grading/drainage plan             $7,000                          100%

 

Wetland Delineation                            $2,600                          100%

 

Topographic survey                             $4,600                          100%

 

Design Development                           $10,300                         25%

 

Grant Startup Task                               $3,900                          100%

 

Archaeological Consultation               $1,100                          80%

 

                           


 

In 1999, the Cambria Town Board purchased 108 acres of farmland, west of the Town Hall, on Upper Mountain Road, with intention of developing a recreational town park.

The following information will help to keep the public interested and informed regarding the Committee’s progress. Included in this information are Committee tasks, agendas, letters, meeting Minutes, newspaper articles, survey, as well as additional pertinent documents and information.

  

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

George J. Bush, Chairman
Jamie C. Dannhauser
John W. Phillips

Thomas H. Seefeldt
Susan R. Wendt

Wendel-Duchscherer, Professional Consulting Services as required


The first task of the Committee will be to conduct a needs analysis of recreational and/or leisure opportunities within the Town of Cambria. This would focus on current and future demand, an assessment of availability and include the interests of youth through senior citizens. Subsequent actions of the Committee will produce an orderly and phased plan for development of a town park/recreation area on the 108 acre parcel of land located on Upper Mountain Road, presently designated for general town purposes. Funds are available in the 2001 General Budget to support the work of the Committee. A report to the Town Board is required no later than December 31, 2001.

DRAFT MINUTES OF MEETING WITH NYSDEC AND US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS APRIL 24, 2001

On Monday, April 24, 2001, members of the Park Planning Committee met with representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) at the Park Site to obtain information from the regulatory agencies concerning the potential wetland opportunities and constraints that should be considered in the Park development.

Members of the Committee present were: George Bush, Bob Blackman, John Phillips, Connie Berti, Susan Wendt, and Bob Blood from Wendel Duchscherer, Gary McDannell from the USACOE and Ken Roblee and Dave Denk from the NYSDEC represented the regulatory agencies concerning the federal and state wetland programs.

The meeting commenced at the Town Hall where Bob Blood and George Bush explained the goals of the committee, reviewed the aerial photo of the site, and gave a brief description of the ideas that have been discussed to date. Ken Roblee inquired if the Town had a Conservation Commission, since they are often very knowledgeable of the local area and can offer suggestions on significant environmental areas that need preservation. Ken explained that the NYSDEC is concerned about significant environmental areas along the escarpment, however the Park Site is located south of that area Bob Blood delineated the wetland areas and FEMA flood plain area on the map to assist with the orientation of the site prior to the field walk.

Following the briefing, all members toured the wooded area of the Park Site for approximately 1½ hour. It was the consensus of all that only the area south of Bergholtz Creek was impacted by wetlands. The area north of the creek was cultivated and planted with winter wheat, and appeared to be well drained, with the exception of a few small isolated areas. Bergholtz Creek was observed to be in good condition, with a water depth of approximately ten inches and the invert of the creek approximately 4-5 feet below the site elevation. The depth offers the opportunity to develop a drainage system through the proposed athletic field area if required.

The area south of the creek is approximately 34 acres and is comprised of approximately 18 acres of woodland, which surrounds approximately 16 acres of open meadow located near the center. The easterly 1/3 of the meadow area was observed to be swampy and wet with tall reed canary grass throughout. This area is shown on the aerial photo as white.

The westerly 2/3 of the meadow area was higher and soil samples taken by Gary McDannell did not indicate soil modeling, typical of wetland soils. Ken Roblee and Dave Denk agreed that this area would be considered upland. Ken Roblee pointed out the existence of several songbirds in the area along with the sounds of the western chorus frog. This particular chorus frog is rather unique, since the species has been declining since the 1950’s and 60’s throughout the State. Niagara County has the largest remaining population in the State.

As we entered the wooded area to the west, the woods was wet and swampy with small vernal pools scattered throughout. Ken Roblee observed chorus frog larvae in these vernal pools indicating that the species was reproducing and thriving in this environment. As we traveled south and west, we observed a large vernal pool near the west property line. The pool was primarily located on the adjacent property, however the opportunity exists to observe this area if a trail system were constructed throughout the wooded area.

Traveling south and easterly, the wooded area continued to be wet and swampy. It was only on the southeasterly corner of the property that the wooded area was higher and much drier, and considered an upland area. The majority of the wooded area, however, was considered a wetland area.

An ATC/Snowmobile trail was observed through the middle of the meadow area, running north and south. At Bergholtz Creek, the trail turned west and followed the edge of the cultivated field.

At the conclusion of the field walk, it was the consensus of the NYSDEC and USACOE that the areas delineated on the aerial photo were fairly accurate. The opportunity for a trail system through the wetland areas would allow bird watching, hiking opportunities, nature observation, cross-country skiing, etc. The upland meadow area could serve as a small parking area, and trailhead with a sign and maps. A trail system constructed of a wood chip base and corduroy logs laid through bough areas could wind through the wood area and be approximately 5000 to 6000 feet in length.

There was also discussion with Gary McDannel about the possibility of mitigation funds being utilized to enhance these wetland areas and serve as a potential site in Niagara County. Gary explained the past practice, and future requirements, but indicated that the possibility may exist, and that we should keep all parties informed as planning for the Park continues to develop.

Therefore, at the conclusion of the meeting, it was agreed that the NYSDEC and USACOE representatives would be copied on all future minutes, and they thanked the Committee for being invited to participate early in the planning process.

Minutes Respectfully Submitted:

John W. Phillips

 

 

 



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