Brian Emelson, recreation director for the town of Victor Parks and Recreation Department, recently spoke at a meeting of the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club.
Emelson has 40 years of experience and assumed his current position in 2003. In 2018, Victor-Farmington Rotary presented the Jordan E. Pappas Service Above Self Award to Emelson in recognition of his service and contributions to the community.
Emelson discussed joint projects with the club during his tenure, including the Rotary Picnic Pavilion in Victor Municipal Park and handicapped-accessible picnic tables. He traced the modern growth and development of the town’s park system to a series of development plans in 2002 and led to the creation of Dryer Road Park, followed by Victor Municipal Park.
Earlier this year, his department constructed an accessible seating area at the Municipal Park bandshell and amphitheater, which was identified as a priority in the 2017 Inclusion Action Plan. This was bolstered by a $4,250 grant from Victor-Farmington Rotary.
Emelson also discussed the Dryer Road Park/Pump Track and Bike Project that started in 2018. The town worked with Genesee Regional Off-Road Cyclists to design and construct the new pump track and jump lines.
Emelson provided an update on the Victor Community Connectivity Project and 2019 Parks and Recreation Master Plan. He stressed the importance of community participation in the planning process. The Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Committee was created to enhance, improve and expand the level of recreation, parks and leisure services.
In club business, the Chit Chat Cafe on Main Street in the village of Victor closed its doors after two decades. Owner Luanne Burgess is retiring to spend more time with her family. Victor-Farmington Rotary recognized Burgess’ contributions with a certificate of thanks and appreciation at a recent reception.