Summer Playground Program Returns For Another Season

The Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has announced another season of the Summer Playground Program.

For the first time in several years, a free lunch program will be provided at each site by Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. and is being made possible through a grant from the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County.

Sarah Mott of Jamestown will be serving her first year as the Playground Program coordinator. She graduated with an associate degree in childhood education from Jamestown Community College and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s from the State University at Fredonia with a major in biology. Mott has worked for the Playground Program for six years.

There are six playground program locations this year, including Allen Park, Fletcher Elementary School, Johnson Street Tot Lot, Lillian Dickson Tot Lot, Lincoln Elementary School and Ring Elementary School. The staff will consist of a number of city college-aged residents many of which hope to pursue a career path in education.

The playground program is free of charge. This year’s program will run from Monday, June 24, through Friday, Aug. 2, with all sites being open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is geared for children between 5-13 years old. The free lunch will be made available at each site at noon. Participating children will need to sign up each day in order to receive lunch for the following day.

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

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, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Chautauqua Opportunities Inc.; and Jamestown Public Schools.

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