The centerpiece of the park system is Bimeler Park on Second Street.
BREWSTER This village of just over 2,100 residents boasts three named parks plus plenty of greenspace and recreational facilities that are accessible to residents and attactive to young families looking for a place to settle down.
The centerpiece of the park system is Bimeler Park, located at 133 West Second St., though Village Administrator Mike Miller notes there are a couple of different entrances off of First and Second streets.
There are four baseball/softball fields at Bimeler Park that get quite a bit of use by area youths, but that's hardly the only attraction.
"Bimeler Park is essentially the anchor park," Miller said. "It's got a walking path, three gazebos, basketball courts, a skate park, four baseball fields. So it certainly would be our anchor park."
Miller noted that Bimeler Park — home to last month's Brewster Fireman's Festival — is named for the family that donated the property for the park "way back when." It previously had tennis courts but in 2010 those were converted to a skate park.
The village began hosting summer concerts at Bimeler last year. Spicy Rhyme performed a free concert last week and concerts are scheduled for July 15 (The Originals), Aug. 19 (The Last Call), and Sept. 16 (Jon King). The performances are free and run from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
"These are village sponsored and our Recreation Board has been putting these together," said village clerk Kris King. "We do it just to let people have an enjoyable evening. (Our residents) pay their taxes and do what needs to be done so this is kind of like a little appreciation for the community."
The village will set up some bleachers for the concerts but concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for their own comfort and seating.
Sabo Park is located between Main and Fourth Street W and is primarily dedicated for use as a disc golf course.
"There is greenspace area to enjoy there if disc golf isn't being played," Miller said. "There are some large trees that are still left from a tornado a few years back.
"Certainly (disc golf course) is something that every city or village has and it's something that we're going to be making improvements to as well."
King pointed out the course's tees are being upgraded from gravel to concrete.
"Absolutely it's for our younger residents, as is the skate parks and the basketball court," Miller said. "We certainly look to make things available to our younger residents."
Witting Park is at East Main and Cleveland and Miller describes it as "basically open space with a few benches to sit at but basically just open space.
"It's one of our primary bus stops so there are kids there in the morning and the evening. It's within a block of Wabash, our main drag coming through Brewster, and it's a place that's easily accessible for someone to sit down at, maybe enjoy a lunch and just relax."
Though not formally a park, Veterans Memorial Boulevard — Miller says GPS users will find it as Main Street — features a beautifully crafted memorial to village residents who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving with U.S. Armed Forces in overseas wars and conflicts. The boulevard is lined with Flags from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July and is beautifully adorned in flowers and decorative plants that are cared for by village workers.
"It's a very, very unique feature that we have here in Brewster," Miller said. "It has a 30-foot wide grass strip with trees and (landscaping) down there.
"Immediately as you go on the main drive there, you have the memorial with the names of the fallen and it's a full block in length," he said. "There's a gazebo where people can sit and enjoy themselves as well as (providing) an open space down through the middle, so it greens up our downtown."
There are occasional ceremonies there to honor the village's fallen heroes, but that's not all.
"We have our Arts on the Boulevard where we close down the street and make a day of it," Miller said.
This is the fifth year for the Arts on the Boulevard and the event is scheduled for Sept. 23, according to King.
"We have artists and crafters and different vendors that come and we make a day of it," she said. "It's a free community event and even the vendors don't have to pay. We see it as another day to get the people out in the sunshine and enjoy the fresh air."
Recently, the village partnered with MCTV to have Wi-Fi hot spots installed at both Bimeler and Sabo parks.
"They were looking for places to install Wi-Fi hot spots and we felt that two appropriate spots would be towards the entrance on First Street for Bimeler Park so that folks going to the ball game or in the gazebo would have internet access," Miller said. "They did similar things at Sabo Park by the entrance or the (disc golf) first tee, if you will. So it's a spot for folks to sit down and use the hot spot if they're inclined to do so.
"Our council and mayor place a high priority on having recreational activities available here in the village. They've gone after grants and different programs to enhance what we have."