Baker-Polito Administration Launches 3rd Annual Summer Nights Initiative for City Youth

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Photo: Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh celebrate Summer Nights Initiative at Roberts Park.

This week Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh kicked off the 3rd annual Summer Nights initiative to increase programming and extend the operational hours of select pools, parks and athletic complexes across the Commonwealth. Joining them at Roberts Park in Dorchester were Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy.

Launched in 2015, the Summer Nights Initiative, organized by DCR, benefits youth within the cities of Boston, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Malden, Springfield, and Worcester during summer evenings.

Governor Baker said the initiative “offers recreational programs and extended hours at our pools and parks to provide a safe and fun place for all. With over 450,000 acres of public land, including several parks within city neighborhoods throughout Massachusetts, our parks offer perfect locations for kids to get outside and explore nature, many of which are right in people’s backyards.”

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito called the initiative, “an important yearly program for our Administration over the last three years, impacting the lives of children and their families across the Commonwealth. By extending the hours of operations at highly visible and frequently utilized facilities, we are able to help promote a healthy, active lifestyle at an early age for our children.”

Mayor Walsh noted that in the summer, “it’s especially important to help kids stay active and safe, in order to keep kids engaged in their communities. They need safe places to have fun both day and night, and DCR’s Summer Nights Initiative provides more opportunities for kids in Boston to do just that. We are thrilled to welcome this valuable program back this summer.”

The DCR has also commenced its popular Free Family Flicks movie series, with free movies being screened in select parks across the Commonwealth.

The extension of summer operations will continue through August 17, 2017. Here is a full schedule of extended hours and programming for additional youth access.

The following 10 water/swimming facilities have extended hours of operations on Thursdays in July until 7:45 p.m. and in August until 7:30 p.m.:

• Allied Veterans Memorial Pool (65 Elm St, Everett, MA).
• Holland Memorial Pool (108 Mountain Ave, Malden, MA).
• Olsen Pool (95 Turtle Pond Pkwy, Hyde Park, Boston, MA).
• Sara Jane Sherman Memorial Pool (750 Meadow St, Chicopee, MA).
• Southwest Corridor Park Spraydecks (Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA).
• Bennett Field (Veterans Memorial) Pool (1260 Main St, Worcester, MA).
• Lt. Colonel Edward J. Higgins Pool (180 Crawford St, Lawrence, MA).
• Ryan Wading Pool (350 River St, Mattapan, Boston, MA).
• Melnea Cass Pool (120 Martin Luther King Blvd, Roxbury, Boston, MA).
• Vietnam Veterans Pool (339 Eastern Avenue, Fall River, MA).

Learn about additional programs available from Mass DCR.

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