Providence expands Summer recreation activities for youth

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Mayor Taveras Highlights New and Expanded Summer Recreation Activities for Providence Youth

High-quality programs aim to keep children and teenagers safe, engaged and learning this summer

PROVIDENCE, RI
– Mayor Angel Taveras gathered with students from Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School at Harriet and Sayles Park Wednesday morning to announce a packed slate of summer activities for Providence youth.

“This summer’s schedule of activities through the Providence Department of Parks + Recreation is one of the most impressive and accessible programs our city has seen,” said Mayor Taveras. “I invite all Providence families to take advantage of our new and expanded programs for children and teenagers to have fun and stay safe, engaged and learning all summer long.”

One new feature this summer is the addition of the Providence Playcorps stationed in city parks to lead children in developing imaginative play and activities. Play coordinators will be located at Harriet and Sayles Park, Pastore Park, General Street Park, Bucklin Park and Father Lennon Park on weekday afternoons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Providence Playcorps is a partnership between the Partnership for Providence Parks, the Office of Healthy Communities and the Providence Children’s Museum.

“The Partnership for Providence Parks is pleased to collaborate with Providence Parks + Recreation to provide exciting opportunities for children to play outdoors all summer long,” said Wendy Nilsson, Executive Director of the Partnership for Providence Parks. “The City of Providence has put together a truly impressive schedule of activities this summer that is sure to offer something for every child and teen.”

This summer, the Recreation Department has also added a new inflatable obstacle course that will travel with the city’s mobile Fun Van, stopping at ten to fifteen neighborhood parks each week all summer long. In addition to the new obstacle course, the Fun Van is stocked with sports equipment, games and supplies for arts and crafts projects.

More than one hundred Providence children are registered to enjoy the City’s newly expanded summer day camp programming. Providence Recreation is offering new options for youth to explore the arts and nature. These specialty arts and nature camps have been immensely popular and are already full, but many of the City’s beloved sports camps and traditional day camps still have spaces.

Summer day camps are offered at the South Providence Recreation Center, Davey Lopes Recreation Center, Sackett Street Recreation Center and Vincent Brown Recreation Center. Day camps cost $15 per week and include breakfast, lunch and a wide range of activities and field trips, including opportunities to stay at Camp Fuller in South Kingstown, RI thanks to a partnership with the YMCA.

Other popular summer activities sponsored by the City of Providence include:

•    Playful Providence Kick Off – introduction to pop-up play on June 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Roger Williams Park
•    New England Patriots Alumni One-Day Football Clinic – June 21 at Classical Field
•    Friday Night Summer Concert Series – six Friday night concerts at Waterplace Park starting June 20
•    Y On The Move inflatable obstacle course – in partnership with YMCA of Providence the obstacle course visits six to eight different neighborhood parks weekly
•    Fitness in the Parks – free high energy workouts, including Street Workout and Parkour
•    Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative – 32 performances make up the summer neighborhood arts and entertainment series in partnership with Providence Arts, Culture + Tourism
•    Gardener in Residence Program – new program at Father Lennon Park and Corliss Park community gardens to teach new gardeners how to grow their own healthy foods
•    Free Summer Meals – free meals for all children and teens 18 and under at locations across Providence
•    Neighborhood Parks Summertime Series – approximately 15 events in 6 neighborhood parks in partnership with Partnership for Providence Parks
•    Evenings in the Neighborhood – cookouts featuring face painting, children’s games and more
•    Girls Club – meetings, activities and monthly field trips offered at every recreation center
•    Summer Flag Football League – June 14 through July 26 at Hope High School
•    Summer Outdoor Neighborhood Basketball Leagues –  for boy and girls, ages 5 and up
•    Summer High School Basketball League at PCTA – Monday through Thursday from June 23 to August 14
•    Mayor’s Cup Baseball Tournament for Providence Youth Leagues – hosted by Mt. Pleasant Little League, starts August 19
•    Providence Children’s Museum Imagination Playground & Instrument Making – make your own percussion instrument at various parks
•    Reading in the Parks – at 7 neighborhood parks.

For more information about summer recreation in Providence visit http://www.providenceri.com/recreation.