MOULTONBOROUGH — The town of Moultonborough today will celebrate 40 years of the opening of the Moultonborough Recreation Area, usually referred to as the Playground or Playground Drive.
This facility opened in April 1977. The land for the park was donated to the town of Moultonborough for the construction of a park by Peter and Rose Kraines in 1974. For 40 years community members and visitors have had a place to enjoy the out of doors. In recognition of the generous donation that has had such a positive impact on the community for all these years, the park has been renamed, Kraine Meadow Park. Although the official renaming of the park was voted by the selectmen in March, it will be made more formal today, July 15. The celebration is scheduled to begin under the pavilion at 11 a.m., with the rain date being Sunday, July 16, also at 11 a.m. At that time, the park will be officially renamed and rededicated. Members of the Kraines' family will be on hand for ceremony.
A Recreation Committee worked during the mid-1970s to see the park come to fruition. While some of the original committee members have since passed away, those that remain or their family members are encouraged to attend. The original Recreational Study Committee members were: Paula Smart, Chair; Roy Fullerton, Jerry McIntire, Marguerite Gruner, Norman Gruner, Lauri Sutherland, Richard Plaisted, Martin Clifford and Alex Knight. Some of the committee were on hand in 2007 when the 30 year anniversary was also celebrated.
The plan is also to unveil the design of the Kraine Meadow Park sign.
The park was partially federally funded as a Land and Water Conservation Fund project in the mid-1970’s. That funding was tapped again in 2009 for rebuilding the soccer field. As such state and federal representatives have been invited as well as our local officials, town employees and the public. To celebrate we’ll provide light refreshments, some remarks (brief), we’ll have pictures and displays available for a “walk down memory lane”, recognition of the impact that park has had and of the work of the original recreation committee, as well as the official renaming and rededication. There is also a gift for our attendees.
The public is encouraged and invited to attend. Organizers are especially looking for kids who “grew up in the recreation programs” (past and present); anyone who worked or volunteered for the recreation department as a counselor, a lifeguard, instructor, coach or official; current and former year round staff; those that served on recreation focused committees such as the recreational study committees advisory boards, strategic plan committee or team; the Blue Ribbon Commission, the Pathway Association/Committee, past and current selectmen and town administrators; school staff and administrators, the original Moultonborough Youth Athletic Association members and/or their families; the hockey dads and all other rink volunteers (for any rink projects) and anyone else who has enjoyed the park.
Those who may have any pictures or memorabilia that may enhance the day, are asked to contact Donna Kuethe at the Recreation Department at 476-8868, which is also the number to call should you have questions concerning the event.
Peter Kraines cuts the ribbon for the soccer field in September 1979. The town is now dedicating the recreation area as the Kraine Meadow Park. (Courtesy file photo)