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Berlin Parks Commission receives 10 entries for competition

BERLIN—The Berlin Parks Commission met with several of the volunteer judges who will help organizers choose the right combination of pictures from entries for the Stephen Decatur Park Mural Contest, upcoming additions to Dr. William Henry Park, and began discussions on possible long-range planning for John Howard Burbage Park, during a Dec. 3 meeting.
Deputy Administrator Mary Bohlen, the town’s liaison to the Parks Commission reported that 10 entries had been received for the mural competition. Basically, she advised the judges their role would be to provide expertise on which combinations of the student artwork submitted would be the most aesthetically compatible for the outer wall of the Decatur Park racquet ball courts that serve as a backdrop for the tennis courts.
Mural contest judges will include Patty Falck, a local artist and owner of Ta Da; Michelle Hammond, a teacher at Stephen Decatur Middle School; Erika Rittling Uebel and Kate Russell, of Fig Tree Studios; long-time Parks Commission supporter Debbi Dean-Colley, Kathy Mumford, a local artist; and Brian Robertson, a graphic designer.
The judges agreed to meet again with the commission in January. The timing for the completion of the project is still in discussion, but might coincide with next year’s “Paint Berlin” event.
Loretta Brown-Briddell provided input on the possible placement of concrete checkers and chess tables and horseshoe pits planned for installation at Henry Park. She told the commission that several horseshoe game enthusiasts had offered to volunteer to help with the project.
Discussion about placement of the checkers and chess tables involved trying to find a balance between providing space for chess players in a way to facilitate intergenerational interaction with children playing in the park.
Bohlen asked for suggestions on the number of tables and stools that would be needed.
Commission members seemed to lean toward seeking input from the checker and chess gaming community on ways to give the players the space they might need to concentrate in a park environment.
Bohlen advised the commission she had been contacted about possible new functions for the open space in Burbage Park. Initial ideas included a possible children’s garden program, community garden or herb garden.