Monday, January 28, 2013
With time winding down to apply to replace Amy Flaherty, who left the position in August for warmer climes, Sussex hopes to soon name a new director of parks and recreation.
It's the final week of acceptance for applicants for Director of Recreational Services in the Sussex Parks and Rec Department, and if you've got the skills, why not apply? Amy Flaherty was in the position for a little over two years planning and coordinating events and activities in Sussex, and most notably, helping to organize the possible reconstruction of Sussex Village Park. However, last summer Flaherty decided it was time for her to move on, taking an opportunity to move to Key West, FL. The village posted for a new director and in the meantime, Megan Sackett has been serving as the interim director. Sussex is home to 15 parks, open spaces and nature preserves and also offers recreational programming for all ages. "The Director is a …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Nobody shows up to Sussex’s attempt to start a volunteer group responsible for a farmers market.
The Sussex Recreation Department’s attempt to spark interest in a new Friends of Sussex Parks and Recreation group is now put on hold after nobody showed up to the first meeting. Sussex officials organized a gathering Monday night at 6 p.m. at Village Park for anyone interested in joining the group, or even for those wanting more information on the organization. The group would be responsible for starting a Sussex farmers market and fundraising for the Village Park reconstruction project, among other things. “We didn’t have anyone show up,” said Parks & Rec Director Amy Flaherty. “Because with me leaving (for Key West), I didn’t promote it a ton. I know (Patch) had a few articles on the meeting, but yeah… I think we’re going to wait until …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Sussex is on the hunt for a new recreation director after Amy Flaherty announces she is moving to Key West.
Although the move from Sussex to Key West may seem daunting, Sussex Parks & Recreation Director Amy Flaherty says, “We decided to just go for it.” Flaherty spent more than two years planning and coordinating events and activities in Sussex, and most notably, helped to organize the possible reconstruction of Sussex Village Park. However, after the village posted the search for a new Director of Recreational Services on its website, Flaherty admits its time for her to move on – to Key West, FL. “My husband and I love tropical weather, so we’ve always wanted to move to Florida,” Flaherty said. “We were just in Key West for my birthday in May, and we decided to just go for it.” With her final day scheduled sometime in August, Flaherty says her…
Monday, July 2, 2012
Sussex Village Park hosted Cruise Night, an event to celebrate amazing classic cars, classic music and the classic root beer float.
Tasty, ice-cold root beer floats were on the menu at Sussex's annual Cruise Night at Village Park Thursday night. Classic cars lined up in front of Village Hall before parading over to the park where they were on display for Sussex residents to see. The Parks and Recreation Department organized the event, complete with classic music from the 50s and 60s and root beer floats. Did you attend the annual Cruise Night celebration? Tell us what you thought in the comments!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Take an up-close look at what Sussex's Village Park could look like if the village's plans for major renovations at the park win Village Board approval.
The Sussex Parks and Recreatio Department has released its most detailed renderings of the Village Park, visually outlining in 3-D what each section of the park is slated to transform into over the upcoming years. And you don't even need 3-D glasses to see them. From the splash-pad to the enormous baseball quad-plex, the digital drawings of the park were ordered so Sussex could get a more specific total price tag. The original engineering firm, R.A. Smith National, estimated in September that the total park renovation would cost roughly $11 million based on initial drawings. Sussex officials say that number is expected to change as a new cost estimate is being produced by another firm, Stantec. Flip through the photos above and read more …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Parks and Recreation board members are split. Is it worth spending close to $100,000 on a park that might rarely get used?
Nestled on the corner of Waukesha Avenue and Elm Drive, Madeline Park has been the subject of confusion for Sussex Parks and Recreation board members for more than six months now. And with the final results from the department’s survey tallied, board members are still unclear as to what should occupy the empty lot. The idea to install adult workout stations is officially dead, and although the survey indicates residents would like another playground, board members are unconvinced. After sending the survey to more than 1,000 residents, and after Patch posted the survey for readers, 246 people responded to help give some direction. More than 50 percent of respondents said they’ve never even been to Madeline Park, but even so, a new …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
It's time to get to know your Sussex village officials a bit more. Read Patch's Q&A session with Sussex Parks and Recreation Director Amy Flaherty to find out a little more about the woman behind the huge Sussex events.
A strong sense of community is one of the driving traits that brings Sussex residents together, and now it's time to widen the net. They influence the big decisions. They plan the village's most notorious events. They're some of the most prominent people in Sussex, but how many village residents actually know anything about these people? From the most involved volunteer in Sussex to the business owner on Main Street, Patch is introducing you to some of the most important people in the village, maybe for the first time. Our first honorary interviewee is Director of Recreational Services Amy Flaherty. Between organizing the Rock-A-Thon and helping to lead the redesign of Sussex Village Park, Flaherty has her hands full of influential …
Monday, April 23, 2012
The Village of Sussex is looking for input from residents in its new survey regarding Madeline Park. What should they build there? What would make you visit? Take the survey and actively shape your community.
The Village of Sussex is hard at work again attempting to figure a way to make Madeline Park unique, this time turning toward Sussex residents to shed some light on the space. The Parks and Recreation Department recently created a survey to gather more insight on what residents would like to see at Madeline Park, in addition to how often they use the parks system in general. The survey consists of just nine questions, and Parks and Rec Director Amy Flaherty says she hopes to get a lot of feedback. “We need your help to determine what types of activities you enjoy in the Sussex parks, and what potential amenities you would like to see added to Madeline Park,” Flaherty wrote when distributing the survey. The revitalization of the park is …