2017 Summer Playground Program Announced
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.
Katrina Kerkendall of Jamestown will be serving her first year as the Playground Program Recreation Leader. She recently completed her Individual Studies Associate’s degree at Jamestown Community College. Katrina will be attending State University of New York at Fredonia in the fall to continue her studies, majoring in Childhood Education with a concentration in Social Studies.
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 26th thru Friday, August 11th. 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.
Calendar of Events
Monday, June 26, 2017 – Program Begins
Tuesday, July 4th – NO PROGRAM – Independence Day Holiday
Wednesday, July 5th – Community Service Day (all program sites)
Friday, July 7th – Mancala Tournament/Playground Carnival at Allen Park (ages 5-10) – (All sites meet at Allen for the day)
Tuesday, July 11th – Tree Planting with City Arborist Dan Stone at Allen Park (All sites meet at Allen for the day)
Monday, July 17th – Jamestown Jammers visit all playground program sites
Friday, July 28th – Box Hockey Tournament/Playground Olympics at Allen Park (All sites meet at Allen for the day)
Tuesday, August 8th – Summer Playground Program Talent Show at Allen Park
Friday, August 11, 2017 – Program Ends
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 Wegmans.
For additional information, please call the Recreation Office at 483-7523.