Parks & Rec cancels most summer programs

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The Hopkinton Parks & Recreation Department announced Friday that due to the COVID-19 pandemic its traditional summer programs are being canceled, with the possible exception of the Junior Hillers Playground Group.

Canceled programs include the Little Hillers Playground Camp, boys and girls basketball clinics and volleyball clinics.

“This was not an easy decision, but ultimately the safety of your children and our staff are always the top priority,” Parks & Rec director Jay Guelfi wrote in an email to parents of children in the program.

A decision on the Junior Hillers Playground Group (ages 8-12) is expected to be finalized in the next week or two.

Parks & Rec still plans to staff Sandy Beach with lifeguards and unlock the bathrooms at some point before July 4.

“We are working closely with the town Health Department and will be following Massachusetts state guidelines in regards to social distance and capacity at the beach,” Guelfi wrote.

Residents already are allowed to visit the beach but do not have access to the bathroom and swim at their own risk.

For more information, check the Parks & Rec website.