Parks and Rec. cooks up sweet ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

By Amy Filippone, Dept. of Parks & Recreation

Sweet things for your sweethearts are being created at the Moorestown Parks and Recreation classes by students who can make their own Valentine’s Day confections and gifts. Or ome out and show your love for the Parks & Recreation Department by participating in the major litter removal project at Wesley Bishop Park on Saturday, Feb. 20 from noon to 3 p.m.

The Valentine’s Day culinary classes are for students in grades three through eight are held in the Community Kitchen at the Church Street Recreation Center. “Homemade is the Best Way” is a mix of culinary and crafting. Students will make strawberry preserves, herbal tea bags and bath bombs. Each child will go home with six festively packaged and wrapped gifts.

“Valentine’s Day Baking” will be on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. Valentine cookies and truffles will be made from scratch and wrapped to give as gifts. If time permits, chocolate covered strawberries will be added. 

“Red Velvet Cake for Valentine’s Day” is new this year and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will learn to make red velvet layer cakes with chocolate, cheesecake filling and fresh whipped cream. Each student will put their creative flare on the decorating of the cake, with fresh strawberries or raspberries. Everyone will take home a full-sized cake to share.

Wesley Bishop Park is one of our most used sites — for all kinds of youth sports, clubs, leagues and practices as well as adult programs. On Saturday Feb. 20 from noon to 3 p.m. there will be a volunteer, comprehensive trash removal. This will be a deep cleaning with not just removal of litter from the fields but large pieces of trash in the wooded areas that abut the park (i.e., tires, wood, plastic).

Trash pickers, buckets and trash bags will be provided. Dress warmly in layers. Long pants are required, and wear sturdy shoes/boots. Bring gloves. This is a great way for students to earn community service hours.

Come show your love for our parks and pitch in for as long as you like. Please register on www.moorestownrec.com under free programs, to help with planning.

All recreation classes adhere to current New Jersey State COVID-19 Safety Standards. Daily health checks will be implemented, including temperature monitoring. Students should arrive with closed toe shoes, hair tied back, masks and water. Culinary classes are capped at eight to ten students so register early at www.moorestownrec.com.