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Nike Base will be a Southtowns jewel

Promoting healthy living is something that should be done starting young, and continuing into the adult years.

As we start looking forward to the warm weather months, we will also be entering an important time for the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department.

In the coming months, its director, Martin C. Denecke, will be leading the charge into a long-term master plan for the department.

Even before discussion on the plan formally begins, the Nike Base has been in the news for a pair of planned projects that are in the works at the site.

One being the proposed Dani-Fitness Park. The plan calls for a pull-up/push-up bar, rope climbing, a Berlin wall and battle ropes. It would be free for the public to use.

This idea was proposed to the town by Danielle Pietrocarlo Dewitt, owner of Dani-Fit on Lake Shore Road. She held one fundraiser for the proposed project already, and is planning a 5k run sometime in the fall as a second fundraiser, with the goal of building it in 2014.

Now, through the efforts of the Hamburg Rotary Club and the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department, a new medium sized baseball diamond, to be known as Rotary 2 when completed, is expected to be completed sometime this summer, with a target of being finished by Aug. 1.

Kent Hilton of the Hamburg Rotary Club said a reason for the medium sized diamond is to help make the transition easier as youth baseball players enter the ages 11 and 12 leagues. From there, they will be able to transition much easier into the regulation sized diamonds in the ages 13 and 14 bracket.

In both cases, these plans should fall nicely into the long-range recreation plans for the Town of Hamburg.

Part of what makes this plan exciting is that it is not spearheaded by the town.

These are the ideas of people who want to give back to the community.

Interestingly, one is aimed at youth while the other has adults largely in mind. As Denecke pointed out, the fitness park will give parents an option of something healthy they can do while their children are at a practice, as one example.

At a facility that already offers such activities as ice skating, baseball, a dog park and other recreational activities such as the model airplane field, it can only be a good thing for the Town of Hamburg to offer as many healthy activities as possible, and the Nike Base will be at the center of this.

We want to give credit to Denecke, DeWitt and the Hamburg Rotary Club for their efforts in raising funds for a pair of great projects for the town, and we look forward to seeing the finished products.

• The 18th Annual Townwide Cleanup – which includes the Town and Village of Hamburg, and Village of Blasdell – is fast approaching, and will be held on Saturday, May 4.

There is still time for those interested in signing up to help out. This can be done by calling either Barb Dole at 627-3670 or the Hamburg Town Clerk’s Office at 649-6111, ext. 2361.

Kick off for the project begins at 8:30 a.m., and coffee, juice and donuts will be provided. Then, for those who are involved, they are invited to return at noon to the Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave., for hot dogs and pop.

This is a great project that helps spruce up the communities as the temperatures begin to rise and we find ourselves outdoors more.

We expect the cleanup project will be as successful as ever and hope large numbers of people assist in the effort.

The event is sponsored by the Hamburg Rejuvenation Project, Sahlens, Classic Awnings, Pepsi, Braymiller Markets, Walmart, Wegmans and the Hamburg Wesleyan Church.

• Why? That is a question that is on the minds of many people following the bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday (April 15) which left three people dead and about 175 people injured.

It should have been a day to celebrate and enjoy an annual tradition in Boston. Now, a long-time staple of Patriots Day will forever be marred by something that is a senseless tragedy.

The Sun would like to offer its condolences and thoughts to the victims as their families as they deal with the aftermath of this horrific tragedy.
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