Families who seek affordable and “very uniquely Hopkinton” activities this summer will find what they’re looking for in Parks & Recreation programs, says Director Jay Guelfi.
“We want our programs to be accessible to anyone who wants to participate,” he says. “What also sets us apart is that most of our staff are locals. So, if you sign up for a basketball clinic, you get coaches from Hopkinton High School. If you sign up for playground groups, the counselors are local kids who likely were past participants in the groups themselves.”
Guelfi believes that this “local continuity makes Parks & Rec summer programs special, which is why they fill up so fast.” On that note, summer registration is now open, and Guelfi anticipates that basketball clinics and playground groups in particular will quickly reach capacity.
Other youth recreation programs include track, football, archery, baseball, dance, golf, field hockey, tennis, soccer and volleyball. If a child isn’t interested in athletics, Guelfi notes the many other enrichment programs available like STEM, art, chess, etiquette and public speaking.
“Our goal is to have something for everyone,” he says. “We want everyone to feel included and find something special.”
Additionally, Sandy Beach will be open and staffed starting Memorial Day weekend.
For the adults, Guelfi highlights the new women’s soccer and men’s softball leagues. “We’re working hard to increase and expand offerings for adult recreation in town,” he says. This year’s summer concert series will feature more diverse acts, Guelfi adds, and the Movies on the Common series and Sunday farmers market will return.
Other Parks & Rec developments on the horizon include pickleball courts and a cricket pitch at Pyne Field. Although the courts won’t be built in time for this summer, Guelfi hopes the construction bidding process will be underway, and he is optimistic that cricket pitch funding will be approved at Town Meeting in May.
“We hope to continue to improve and expand our offerings,” Guelfi says. “This summer, we want to know that everyone did something that brought them some enjoyment, some exercise, some stimulation, some fun.”
For more information, visit hopkintonrec.org or call 508-497-9750.
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