The New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches Department continues its annual tradition of the Play in the Park and Summer Eats program offering free fun activities and healthy meals for kids ages 18 and under across the city. The program will run June 24 through Aug. 26, 2021. A free nutritious lunch and a variety activities will be provided at sixteen different park locations throughout the city from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Lunch and activities will be provided Monday through Friday at Brooklawn Park, Riverside Park, Harrington Park and Hazelwood Park. Look for our new Rec & Relaxation Van which will be in parks with activities and free lunches. This initiative will help us bring meals to more sites. The Rec and Relaxation Van will visit two sites per day, Monday through Friday to serve lunches and offer new activities to the community. The schedule for the Rec and Relaxation Van can be found at nbprb.com. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM, dinner and activities will be provided at Montes Park and McCoy Rec Center.
Each site will be staffed by local youth and community members who will hand out nutritious lunches and provide arts and crafts, recreational, and educational activities for children. Two kick-off events will take place: on June 24 at Brooklawn Park from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. and June 28 at Montes Park from 4:00 PM. to 7:00 PM. Kick off events will include special family activities including music, a climbing wall, reptile show and more.
The summer programs are federally funded through the USDA with support from Project Bread. The Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches will partner with community organizations to bring a variety of activities to each site. There will be five rainy day sites open throughout the city to ensure access to meals throughout the summer. A complete list of sites can be found at www.newbedford-ma.gov/parks-recreation-beaches/
For more information and updates on all New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches programs visit NBPRB.com, follow on Facebook @NBParksRecreationBeaches, or contact by phone at (508) 961-3015.