Surry seeks input on adult rec opportunities

SURRY — Senior coffee hours, yoga, low-impact aerobics and crafts are just a few of several activities that Surry residents would like to have offered in town.

The Surry Recreation Committee recently sent a survey to every Surry mailbox, about 700 total. The survey asked what residents know about recreational opportunities in Surry and what they would like to have, said committee Co-chairman Valerie Moon.

“Our goal was to measure what the adult population in Surry wants from our committee,” Moon said. “Our youth programs have grown tremendously with the programs that have been supported by Doug and Julie Havey and James Harmon.”

The Haveys coach the soccer program and Harmon has been coaching basketball and baseball, all youth programs.

But, Surry’s recreation program isn’t serving a majority of the tax base, Moon said.

“We have a large population that’s been ignored,” she said. Our committee wants to give them recreational opportunities in their own community.”

Moon told the Surry Board of Selectmen at its meeting Tuesday that 92 surveys had been returned.

A senior coffee hour during the day at the town office was one of the most popular responses, Moon said.

Crafting, aerobics and tai chi also were popular responses.

Moon said she was surprised at the number of people who weren’t aware of the public trails in Surry, which are available through the Blue Hill Heritage Trust.

They are: the Furth Wildlife Sanctuary, Talalay Wildlife Sanctuary, the Carter Nature Preserve and the Patten Stream Trail.

The survey also sought input about how people wanted to be alerted to recreational events. Most want notices posted at the Surry post office and the Surry Store.

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Jennifer Osborn

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