The fourth annual Summer Nights Initiative increases programming and extends the hours of operations at select pools and athletic complexes in several cities across the state.
The Sara Jane Sherman Memorial Pool (750 Meadow St, Chicopee, MA) managed by the DCR have extended hours of operations on Thursdays in July until 7:45 PM and in August until 7:30 PM.
Special programming will also be available Monday through Friday at Boys and Girls Club Family Center (100 Acorn Street, Springfield), 5:30 PM-8:30 PM, activities include basketball, art, archery and games. For more information and to register please call (413) 739-4743.
“With the summer season in full swing, we are proud to provide opportunities for youth across the Commonwealth to get outside, stay active, and interact with one another in a safe and fun environment during school vacation months. Importantly, the Summer Nights Initiative offers recreational resources and additional programming to young people and their families within the state parks system and local facilities, ensuring increased opportunities they will truly benefit from.” said Governor Charlie Baker.
“The Summer Nights Initiative impacts youth within urban communities by offering activities that are both engaging and entertaining. We are pleased to partner with numerous stakeholders to enable area youth to get outside and explore some of the state’s most popular facilities while promoting healthy and active lifestyles.” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.
“Situated throughout the Commonwealth are wonderful parks offering excellent access to the natural world for children and their families to explore. The Summer Nights Initiative ensures that select facilities, such as parks, pools and spray decks stay open longer to provide additional recreational opportunities for today’s youth to enjoy.” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.
“The Baker-Polito Administration continues to support and grow important programs such as the Summer Nights Initiative by not only extending the hours of operations at select facilities, but also fostering strong community partnerships to provide quality programming to area children and their families. Contained within the state parks system is over 450,000 acres of public land, providing excellent locations for kids to be kids in safe and inclusive environments. We are grateful to the Governor for his strong support of our state parks.” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy.
To read more about the expansion of hours at select pools and parks, and for additional programs by DCR, please visit the agency’s webpage.