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Rye cuts ribbon on new recreation multipurpose storage facility

Portsmouth Herald

RYE — The town held a ribbon-cutting and open house to celebrate completion of the Rye Recreation multipurpose storage facility at 55 Recreation Road. 

Residents, the Select Board, recreation commissioners, town staff, community leaders and the builder Jarrod Patten of JRK Builders NH gathered to share in the community’s accomplishment.

The ceremony included opening remarks from Recreation Commission chair Gregg Mikolaities. He thanked those in attendance for their support, spoke about the project’s history and brought attention to the building attributes and other improvements at the recreation area.

Voters approved a warrant in March 2018 to fund $150,000 to build the multipurpose recreation storage facility in response to the need for proper program and storage space for Rye Recreation that has been ongoing since 1999. Over the years, the Recreation Commission has completed a Recreation Master Plan, conducted two town-wide recreation needs surveys, had an architect complete a facility and space needs assessment of Rye Recreation facilities and the Select Board appointed members to a Rye Recreation Facilities Space Needs Assessment Committee. 

At every turn the lack of appropriate, climate-controlled storage was identified as a critical shortcoming. Rye Recreation, which provides a range of programs and services to residents, holds programs at more than 12 different sites, with supplies and equipment until now stored in 19 different locations.

Those present toured the multipurpose storage facility, which features 1,820 square feet of overall space. The concession area is 208 square feet, heated, overlooks the Ralph Morang Multipurpose Field, has a closet equipped to serve as a future restroom if decided and is where the timer for the exterior lights is located. 

The heated storage area is 780 square feet, has double doors for easy entry, is furnished with shelving, has ample workspace and houses the irrigation controls. The unheated storage area is 728 square feet, has shelving and a garage door. Two community lockers, each 52 square feet, are accessible from the building’s exterior and are being used by Rye Little League and Rye Soccer Association. The electrical was brought underground to the building and the waterline was installed by the Rye Water District.

The former soccer snack shack and adjacent utility sheds were demolished by the Public Works Department and the access to the overflow parking area was relocated in consultation with the Conservation Commission to the back of the building.

Residents, Select Board, Budget Committee, Capital Improvements Program Committee, Conservation Commission, Demolition Review Committee, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Recreation Commission, Recreation Facilities Needs Assessment Committee, Rye Water District, Building Department, Finance Department, Police Department, Fire Department, Planning Department, Public Works Department, selectmen’s office, Recreation Department, and JRK Builders NH were acknowledged for their support.

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Recreation Department | Rye, NY

<br /> <br /> Recreation Department | Rye, NY <br /> <br />

The Rye Recreation Department strives to enrich the lives of our residents by providing safe and welcoming parks, facilities, recreation programs and events for people of all ages. We work in partnership with our residents and in cooperation with other recreation service providers in the community in order to maximize all available resources. We are dedicated to building healthy communities and enriching the quality of life through people, parks and programs.

Cooling and Charging Station 

Due to widespread power outages, a cooling station and charging station for cell phones and electronic devices will be available to City of Rye seniors ONLY at Rye Recreation from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, August 6 and 7. For our non-senior community members City Hall will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m as well as the Rye Free Reading Room during normal business hours.

This is NOT intended as a social gathering place; it is only for those needing a cool location or a place to charge their devices.

Please stay home if you are feeling sick or exhibiting any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or if you believe you have been exposed to the virus.

For the safety of both staff and residents, you must:

  • Attest to COVID-19 health concerns and be signed in by staff.
  • Have your temperature taken.The thermometer must read 100.3 degrees or below in order to gain entry.
  • You MUST wear a mask at ALL times.
  • Bring all necessary cords and plugs.Only the outlets themselves will be available.
  • No water or equipment will be available.Please bring water with you if so desired.
  • Restrooms will be available.

Please note our phones are not currently working.  To contact us, please email [email protected]


  • Sophie Diamond, Senior Chaperone and Bus Driver

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