The Village of Westfield Recreation Department provides year-round programs, activities and opportunities for all ages, from infants to Sr. Citizens. We offer a variety of programming that includes programs during all seasons, including both indoor and outdoor programs. The Rec. Dept. is committed to providing safe, fun and cost effective programming.
23 Elm Street
Westfield, NY 14787
Andrew Webster, Recreation Director [E-mail]
Ph: (716) 753-6842
2021 YOUTH FISHING DERBY
On Saturday, August 7th, the Westfield Fish & Game Club hosted the Youth Fishing Derby with help from the Westfield Recreation Department. The weather was beautiful, and we ended up with 30 participants and their family members. Almost everyone caught at least one fish.
The day was a success due to help from many volunteers including the following people: From the Fish & Game Club, there were Tim & Laura Farnham, Gert & Stanley Rupczyk, John & Kelley Issler, Kevin Newell, Wyatt Cole, Dan West, John & Sandy Swartout. From the Westfield Recreation Department, there was Andrew Webster. Other volunteers included Doug & Kristie Parnell.
We also had many donations from the following area merchants and citizens: Bill's Hooks in Dunkirk, NY, Westfield Tackle on Bliss Rd, Westfield, Barcelona Markets on Rt 5, Westfield, the Chautauqua County Federation Sportsman's Club thru Mike Clutchey, Growers Co-Op, Westfield, Redneck Charters, Westfield, Tractor Supply, Westfield, Tops Markets, Westfield, Fish USA, Erie, Rose Corbin, Stanley & Gert Rupczyk and John & Kelley Issler.
Due to the many donations, we had enough fishing poles and gear, so every participant went home with a fishing pole and another prize! We had two raffles this year. Redneck Charters was kind enough to donate another 4-hour fishing charter on Lake Erie. They will get to set that up with Bob Brown, the owner, to take a few of their friends and family. The winner of the raffle was Armando Tirre from the 4yr-8yr age group. We also raffled off a chance for a one year new or renewal membership at the Westfield Fish and Game Club. The winner of this raffle was Allen Reynolds, guardian to Lilliana Reynolds from the 9yr-12yr age group.
The overall heaviest fish caught came from the 9yr-12yr group and was caught by Jack Bratton and it weighed in at 4.25 pounds. The second heaviest fish in the older group was caught by Wesley Maras at 2.35 pounds. The third heaviest fish was caught by Braylon Swanson at 1.24 pounds. In the 4yr-8yr group, the heaviest fish was caught by Colton Fitchlee and it weighed in at 2.53 pounds. The second heaviest fish in the younger group was caught by Eleanor Bird at .71 pounds. The third heaviest fish was caught by Jamison Shreve at .65 pounds. A special congratulations to Kase Keefe who caught the most fish with 30 on the day.
Congratulations to all our participants and especially those who caught the heaviest fish! We would once again like to thank all our volunteers and sponsors who made this year’s Fishing Derby a huge success. We hope you all continue to enjoy, experience, and learn about the wonderful outdoors and we will see you next year!
38TH ANNUAL TOUR OF CHAUTAUQUA BIKE RIDE
WESTFIELD, NEW YORK
25, 40, 75 & 100 MILE TOURS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, 2021
JOIN HUNDREDS OF RIDERS FOR THE LARGEST AND BEST CENTURY RIDE IN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY
TOURS: You may choose to ride any one of the four tours. The 25-mile tour follows the Lake Erie plain. Antique shops, restaurants, and wineries are on this tour. The 40, 75, and 100 miles tours feature a variety of flat roads, hills, lake views, small towns and scenic areas of Chautauqua County.
START: All tours begin and end in Westfield, NY. Westfield is located 1.5 miles south of I-90 exit 60. All four ride routes start and end by Moore Park in Westfield at the intersection of routes 20 & 394 (Main and Portage Streets.) Check in and registration the day of the ride is between 7:30 and 8:45 am. Registration will be at the Eason Hall, 23 Elm St. across from the park. All tours begin with a mass start at 9 am. Maps are provided the day of the ride.
SUPPORT: Food during the ride is the responsibility of each rider. The tours pass through several small towns where food can be purchased. As part of your registration fee, a sit-down meal will be provided at the finish across the street at the Episcopal Church. Water stops (with light refreshments) are provided along all the tours. Sag Wagons and radio people will be on all tour routes and will follow the last riders. Priority will be given to injuries or breakdowns. Rider and bike should be in condition to go the distance you select. Medical Information Stickers will be provided.
COST: Registration is $30 and must be received before August 21st to receive our traditional TOUR of CHAUTAUQUA
T-shirt. After August 21st, late registration riders will receive a TOUR of CHAUTAUQUA water bottle. For more information contact the Westfield Recreation Dept at 716-753-6842, visit our website https://westfieldny.com/recreation/westfield-recreation or www.facebook.com/WestfieldRecDept. *Registration forms are also available online at our website listed above.
SPONSORED BY THE: WESTFIELD RECREATION DEPARTMENT
THIS IS A RECREATIONAL TOUR – NOT A RACE – BICYCLE HELMET REQUIRED
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT FOR JUNE IS GAVIN EMERY!
*The following write-up/picture is the latest edition of our monthly volunteer spotlight of volunteers in the Westfield Rec. Dept. We are blessed in the Rec. Dept. to have so many wonderful people who do and have volunteered their time both now and, in the past, to make our department and programs/events what they are today. We want to say THANK YOU! To nominate someone for volunteer spotlight, please send us a private message on Facebook or call/text Andrew at 753-6842.
Our volunteer spotlight for June is Gavin Emery! Gavin has volunteered in the Rec. Dept. for 21 years. He has volunteered in various programs including fall soccer, indoor soccer, youth basketball, movies in the park, the Tour of Chautauqua bike ride, roller skating and working on ball fields. Over that time, he has become one of our best coaches in our youth sports’ programs. The passion that he has for working with and mentoring the young athletes he coaches goes above and beyond what is expected of a typical volunteer. There is nothing typical about how Gavin coaches and the relationships that he builds with his players as well as their families.
Gavin’s favorite programs to be involved in have been the youth soccer programs (both fall outdoor and indoor). He never misses a season, and he has often coached multiple teams during each season. He has also volunteered his time to coach different teams when his kids were not even playing on them. Additionally, he has volunteered his time to serve as an official for various games throughout the years. He loves the sport of soccer, and more importantly he loves to teach children how to play the game and improve as individuals and as a team. It is not unusual to see Gavin show up 30 minutes before a game, as well as stay after a game to work with the kids he coaches. If there is a kid who wants to work on their soccer game or simply kick a ball around, he will be there giving them his full attention.
For a person who gives so much to so many people, it is hard for some of us to sometimes understand why a person would be willing to give so much of their free time to helping others. In his own words, Gavin said: “I just love our community and helping out with our children/teenagers not only through the individual sport but with life in general. I truly enjoy seeing kids progress with individual/team skills and it’s just a joy to help them learn something and do my part in our wonderful community to help them grow into great people.” Certainly, Gavin more than does his part and the fact that he focuses on not just the sport, but life as well, shows just how much he cares about the kids he coaches. If you have seen him coach, you know just how much passion he has for coaching and for soccer and working with the kids. It is something that he loves to do, and he puts his whole heart and soul to it. We are eternally grateful for the sacrifices Gavin has made and for all the time that he has put into our kids, the community, and the Rec. Dept. He has served as a tremendous mentor and role model to so many, and we look forward to having him involved in our programs for years to come!
Past Volunteer Spotlights:
July 2020: Christian Caballero
August 2020: Carol Reynolds
September 2020: Don Parker
October 2020: Luci Petrella
November 2020: John Emmons
December 2020: The Baum Family (Chris, Shannon, Mason, and Logan)
January 2021: Chris Anderson
February 2021: Roger Miller
March 2021: The Dellow Family (Wade, Wendy, Hunter, and Haleigh)
April 2021: Jim Van Dyke
May 2021: Josh & Amy Belcher
WELCH FIELD SKATE PARK IS OPEN!
The Welch Field skate park is open and ready for use! Please follow the rules below and be safe!
-HELMETS REQUIRED and must be worn and buckled at all times.
-Knee, elbow, and wrist pads recommended.
-Glass objects, pets, and profanity are NOT permitted.
-Skates, skateboards, bikes, and scooters are permitted. NO heelies.
-Personal equipment (rails, ramps, etc.) are NOT allowed.
-Children under 10 years of age require adult supervision.
-Skating on wet surface is NOT allowed.
RESPECT OUR SKATE PARK
*The Village of Westfield reserves the right to close the park or add supervision as deemed necessary; and restrict entry or require persons to leave if rules are not obeyed or if unsafe behavior is observed. Anyone caught skating when facility is closed, littering, or defacing park property will be subject to persecution.
*The Village of Westfield assumes no liability for loss or damage, accidents, or injury to property or people.
WARNING: Use of this facility may result in death, paralysis, brain damage, concussion, broken bones, and other serious injuries.
PARK IS UNSUPERVISED SKATE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
*Know your ability and skate accordingly.