2019 Summer Playground Program Announced

Recreation Leader Ryan Whisner, Parks Manager John Williams, Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Prendergast Library Executive Director Tina Scott, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Program Officer Lisa Lynde, Mayor Sam Teresi

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The Jamestown Parks, Recreation, and 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’s Center.

Ryan Whisner of Jamestown will be serving his first year as the Playground Program Recreation Leader. He previously was a Recreation Attendant for the program. Ryan is a graduate of Jamestown High School and Jamestown Community College and will start his first year at State University of Buffalo, majoring in Communications.

There are five playground program locations this year, including Allen Park, Bergman Park, Chadakoin Park, Lillian Dickson Tot Lot, and Nordstrom Park. The staff will consist of eleven college-aged residents.

The playground program is free of charge. This year’s program will run from Monday, July 1st thru Friday, August 9th. 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 Chadakoin 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 12:00-1:00 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, Chautauqua County Youth Bureau, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

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