Parks & Rec

Posted on July 21, 2010


Have you been to Williams Avenue Park lately? Residents and the city are taking ownership of it again. Nicknamed “Jump” Park by some, this small green space was once a haven for abandoned TVs and overgrown weeds.

Last Friday when I walked by, I was pleased to see park instructors there; however, there were no kids using the park. I hope that’s changed.

The Lynn Parks and Recreation Department has a wonderful program of activities not just at Williams Avenue, but thoughout the city. Williams was just recently added because abutters of the park and a group of residents called Playsafe Lynn made some noise.

Parks and Rec Assistant Superintendent Lisa Nerich says that Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are devoted to special events and field trips at designated parks and places. A shuttle bus visits each park and picks up your child in the morning and drops them off in the afternoon. Children need written permission from parents, and lunch is provided.  Monday and Friday activities take place at each local park. But even if you miss the bus Tuesday through Thursday, an instructor will be on hand at your local park.

Last week, a cake decorating contest attended by 100 kids was held at Gallagher Park. Yesterday was an annual sandcastle contest at the beach; tomorrow is mini-golf. Future events include a Scavenger Hunt and a tour of Lynn Woods. Though winding down now, ongoing sports clinics are held at specific parks; for a schedule and more information see the Parks and Rec Activities and Events webpage. Call Lisa Nerich at 781-477-7096 or more information.