2018 Summer Playground Program Announced

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Row 1 (L to R): James Prendergast Library Executive Director Tina Scott, Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Recreation Leader Amelia Dolce, Mayor Sam Teresi, YMCA of Jamestown's Joe Michishima, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Program Officer Lisa Lynde Row 2 (L to R): Parks Manager John Williams, James Prendergast Library Public Services Manager Annie Greene, St. Susan Center Executive Director Jeff Smith, Jamestown Public Schools Buildings & Grounds/Transportation Director Carl Pillitieri, Jamestown Public Schools Athletic Director Ben Drake
Row 1 (L to R): James Prendergast Library Executive Director Tina Scott, Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Recreation Leader Amelia Dolce, Mayor Sam Teresi, YMCA of Jamestown’s Joe Michishima, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Program Officer Lisa Lynd & Row 2 (L to R): Parks Manager John Williams, James Prendergast Library Public Services Manager Annie Greene, St. Susan Center Executive Director Jeff Smith, Jamestown Public Schools Buildings & Grounds/Transportation Director Carl Pillitieri, Jamestown Public Schools Athletic Director Ben Drake

 

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Jamestown Parks, Recreation & Conservation Department

The Jamestown Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Department is pleased to announce another season of the Summer Playground Program. This year will include a free lunch program provided at each site by the Jamestown YMCA in conjunction with St. Susan Center.

Amelia Dolce of Jamestown will be serving her first year as the Playground Program Recreation Leader. She previously was a Recreation Attendant for the program. Amelia is a graduate of Jamestown High School and just finished her first year at West Virginia University, majoring in Music Therapy.

There are five playground program locations this year, including Allen Park, Fletcher Elementary School, Lillian Dickson Tot Lot, Lincoln Elementary School, and Ring Elementary School. The staff will consist of eleven city college-aged residents.

The playground program is free of charge. This year’s program will run from Monday, June 25th thru Friday, August 3rd. All sites will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program is geared for children between 5-13 years old.

As in past years, there will be city-wide activities scheduled, including bowling, a talent show, carnival, and the Playground Olympics. At the individual parks, there will be arts and crafts, and games such as mancala, kickball, box hockey, and wiffle ball. Equipment will be available at each playground site for the children to play with at any time.

The Nature Day field trip that will feature a tree planting will take place at Allen Park this year. Additionally, the Parks & Rec Department is collaborating again with the James Prendergast Library to offer the Summer Reading Program at all playground program sites.

The free lunch will be served between 12:30-1:30 at all five sites. Participating children will need to sign up each day in order to receive lunch for the following day. The meals will be available to children ages 18 and under.

Children must register the first time they attend their playground site. They are free to come and go as they wish after that point.
The summer playground program is made possible through support from the City of Jamestown, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Jamestown Public Schools, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and Chautauqua Works.

For additional information, please call the Recreation Office at 483-7523.