SYKESVILLE — Wanted: hard-working volunteers to participate in activities such aspark concerts, adult volleyball and softball leagues and help supplypark equipment.
Town Councilman William R. Hall Jr., chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee, is seeking volunteers to set up avariety of community activities in the coming months.
"This committee sat dormant for a long time, and now it's about time something got done," Hall said. "But to make the thing work, we're going to need community support, business support and Town Council backing. It's going to have to be an all-out effort."
Hall and a committee of three -- his wife Carol, Terry Reyes and Janet Sullivan -- have spent several months setting up activities for all ages.
One project is a Concert in the Park series, opening with the Sykesville Music Festival from noon to 8 p.m. June 28 in Millard Cooper Park, next to Sykesville Middle School.
"Other towns and the county haveconcerts in the park, and we have a beautiful park here, so I thought, 'Why not?' " Hall said.
Millard Cooper Park has a stage and pavilion for concerts. The committee has only one contract for a band toplay at the festival so far and is seeking others willing to play free of charge.
"We'd like to have six or seven bands do this on a volunteer basis, but we're telling them they can pass the hat for donations if they want," Hall said. "This would be a good outlet for new bands to get exposure."
Other concerts are set for 7 to 9 p.m. July 10 and 24 (both open) and Aug. 7 and 21 (contracted). Hall is hoping to get the U.S. Navy Band for a fifth concert.
A second major activity is adult coed volleyball and softball leagues. Reyes said a neighbor has offered to head up the softball league, for which she is trying to get use of Springfield Hospital Center's ball fields.
"Wewant something informal for people to get out one night a week for some friendly competition," Reyes said.
The committee wants to get Springfield's fully-equipped gym for the volleyball league for fall and the fields for summer softball.
A continuing project for Reyes is funding for the Jennifer Way Tot Lot so young children can have a safe place to play. The committee hopes to erect a fence around the area and put in a slide until money comes available for playground equipment.
Other projects, such as a town swimming pool, indoor recreation center and Burkett Park fields, still are in the dream stage.
Hall invites anyone interested to the committee's next meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 30 in the Town House. Those wishing to donate servicesor play at a concert can call Hall at 795-4843.