When I moved to the town of Wilton in 2000, little did I know what a great plus it was moving just minutes from Gavin Park. I had two children at the time and now have four. I thought it was great to have a town park nearby. What I did not realize was that Gavin Park is not just a town park, it is the crème de la crème of town parks! The below clip is taken directly from the town of Wilton website regarding Gavin Park.
Gavin Park is a central recreation complex for residents of the Town of Wilton and surrounding communities. Not only does Gavin Park offer a myriad of youth activities such as an After School Program and Summer Day Camp, sports programs for baseball, soccer, basketball, pickle ball and coaches’ clinics, and family celebrations like the Holiday Tree lighting and Community Day, and also hosts several regional athletic tournaments and events that bring thousands of people to the area who frequent local shops, restaurants and hotels. Additionally, Gavin Park provides employment opportunities for many area youth.
Although this description makes the park sound inviting, it does not do it justice. The entire park is irrigated ensuring plush grounds and features several soccer and baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts, playground, waterpark, ice skating park, and a 1.17 mile running/walking trail around the entire perimeter. There are two gymnasiums for basketball, volleyball and pickle ball. Along with all the recreation facilities, there is a large pavilion for parties and events.
The park host numerous events throughout the year to include several soccer and baseball tournaments which attract teams from throughout the northeast. ParkFest is another great annual event which brings 10,000 visitors. It is the town of Wilton’s fun filled community day and features all kinds of free activities such as face painting, a petting zoo, kids fun run, 5k race, numerous vendors, live music, amusement park rides and a fireworks show at the end of the day. There are also several kid and adult programs which take place throughout the year. There is always something to do at Gavin Park!
One of the two gymnasiums was built in 2006 by the “Christopher Dailey Foundation”. The below clip is from the Gavin Park website regarding Christopher and the Christopher Dailey Foundation.
Christopher Dailey was an active and spirited 8 year old “boy next door,” a third grade student at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School, and the beloved son of Mark and Maria Dailey of Wilton, NY. On November 23, 2001, the day after Thanksgiving, Christopher died suddenly in the hospital. His sudden and tragic departure left a devastating void not only in his family, but also with his playmates, friends, neighbors and fellow students.
This foundation was established with a goal to build a lasting and living memory of Christopher through the construction of a youth recreational facility somewhere in the Greater Saratoga Area. The stipulations were simple: To enrich the children of our community with a place to play, learn and enhance their lives through team and individual sports activities in a facility that bears his name. The Christopher Dailey Memorial Youth Gymnasium was completed on March 2nd, 2006 and is currently getting extensive use by our community youth.
The two main fundraisers for the Christopher Daily Foundation are the annual Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving Day and a golf outing held each spring at McGregor Links Country Club. The foundation’s mission statement is very simple. “Serving the Saratoga Community by providing resources that support our youth, the Christopher Dailey Foundation fulfills its mission through scholarships for youth including; athletics, the needy and our physically challenged children.”
Aside from building the gymnasium, it has also supported numerous organizations such as the Double HH Ranch, Special Olympics of NY, Project Lift, along with financial support for just about every sports activity and organization in the Wilton and Saratoga Springs area.
As you can see, Gavin Park and the Christopher Dailey Foundation combine to enhance this already beautiful area to raise a family. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding Gavin Park or the Christopher Dailey Foundation, please visit www.christopherdaileyfoudation.org or feel free to contact me at (518) 281-4113 or DMunn@HighRockSells.com.