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FREE SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS! Thanks City of Worcester and friends!




Recreation Worcester is a free program for youth ages 7 through 13.

It includes free, supervised, recreation programming at 10 parks across the City, Monday through Friday from June 27th through August 19th from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Drop in any time! Come for a few hours, a few days or the whole week.

Parks will be staffed by trained Youth Workers who will facilitate sports, literacy and arts programs.

Programs will be offered at the following sites:

Beaver Brook Park
9 Mann Street

Burncoat Playground
526 Burncoat Street

East Park
180 Shrewsbury Street

Grant Square
21 Northampton Street

Greenwood Park
14 Forsberg Street

Kendrick Field
40 Brooks Street

Lake Park
281 Lake Avenue

Logan Park
539 Mill Street

University Park
965 Main Street

Vernon Hill Park
43 Ames Street


Registration is now available online, or can be filled out at the following Worcester Public Schools:

Belmont, Canterbury, Chandler Magnet, Gates Lane, Goddard, Lincoln Street, Midland Street, Norback, Quinsigamond School, Rice Square, Roosevelt, Tatnuck Magnet, Woodland Academy, Worcester Arts.

Also at the Worcester Public Library’s children desk at any of the One City One Library locations and/or the main library on Salem Street.

You must register before participating in Recreation Worcester.

All Worcester youth are welcome between ages 7 and 13.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can the child go to any park, or do they have to go to the one in their neighborhood?
A: Yes, they can go to any park.

Q: Can they go to different parks each time, or are they locked in once they choose?
A: They can attend any park.

Q: Will food/snacks be provided?
A: Yes, both lunch and dinner.

Q: What happens if the parent can’t pick up their child on time?
A: All parents must pick their children up by 5:30 PM, however if they are running late they must call the Program Director.

Q: Can children walk to and from the park, or do they need a parent to drop them off/pick them up?
A: Children may walk to and from the park. That is to the discretion of each parent.

Q: Who should we call with questions? Who is Customer Service’s contact person?
A: John Genkos, City Manager’s Office.

Q: How many employees will be at each site?
A: Between 5 and 6 staff at all times.

Q: Is there a cost to the program?
A: No, this is a free program.

Q: Is there a deadline for registration?
A: No, there is a rolling admission.

Q: Do children register once at the beginning of the program? Once for each park? Once per visit?
A: Children are registered only on the first visit to the park and at any park; it’s a universal application for the program.

Q: Will parents be notified if a day is cancelled?
A: The City of Worcester and WPS will notify parents ahead of time of any cancellations via a text or phone call.

Q: Why would a day be cancelled (severe weather/heat)?
A: Programs will be cancelled due to severe weather such as thunder storms, tornado warnings, hurricanes, etc. Emergency shelters will be provided.

from The Mayor’s Office and City of Worcester website

Worcester Public Library Launches Summer Reading Program! Kickoff Events June 17 & 18!

ICT editor Rosalie gets lots of musico at the library!

The 2016 Summer Reading program kicks off Friday, June 17 at all WPLibrary Branches and on Saturday, June 18, at the Worcester Public Library Main Branch.

This year’s theme is “Wellness, Fitness, and Sports” – with loads of free programs being offered through August 20 at the Main Library and all branches.

Participants are eligible for prizes for reading and participating in programs.

All ages are invited to sign up for summer reading at mywpl.org or at any library location.

“The 2016 Worcester Public Library Summer Reading Program will be all about healthy minds and bodies this year,” said Sondra Murphy, Youth Services Coordinator for the Worcester Public Library. “This year’s nationwide Summer Reading theme encourages participants to read, play, and exercise! Both reading and healthy activity are incredibly important for the development of young learners, and the Summertime is the perfect time to find a shady spot and read for fun!”

All branch locations will be hosting special kickoff celebrations with tons of fun, fitness & wellness activities.

On Friday, June 17, the Frances Perkins Branch will be hosting a celebration from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.;

The Great Brook Valley Branch will be holding their kickoff from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.;

and the One City, One Library Branches: Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, and Tatnuck Magnet, will be holding their events from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

There will be crafts, games, entertainment, and health & wellness activities at each location.

The Main Library will host a kickoff celebration on Saturday, June 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will feature refreshments, entertainment, games, crafts, and other family fun activities. The Teen program will include Henna tattoos and a giant bowling game.

“This year we are anticipating a huge turnout for summer reading, and we are currently planning all the great activities,” said Linnea Sheldon, Community Relations and Communications Manager for the Worcester Public Library. “Summer reading helps keep children excited about reading, and the events and incentives help keep them interested and engaged. It’s not just for the kids either. We have programs for all ages, so we encourage our entire community to participate.”

The Summer Reading Program is a fun and exciting way to keep the community reading. Special health and fitness-related programs will be held all summer, and readers of all ages are encouraged to track their reading online.

The adult program will offer classes on health and wellness, including learning about Superfoods, Tai Chi, yoga, and hula hoop, to help you on your fitness journey.