Gloversville looks to relaunch summer recreation program

GLOVERSVILLE — City Clerk Jennifer Mazur is currently putting plans together for the return this year of the city’s summer recreation program.

Mazur reported to the Common Council on Tuesday that she will bring a resolution establishing the summer recreation program to the council in February. The city clerk is currently drafting employment applications and registration forms for the program she proposed in November as the city liaison to the Recreation Commission.

The six week program will likely run from July 13 through Aug. 21 at Trail Station Park, with a morning session from 8 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session from 1 to 5 p.m. Each session would serve a total of 36 children aged five through 12.

The goal of the summer recreation program is to keep kids active throughout the summer, leading to the decision to offer two half day sessions raising the number of children who are able to participate to 72.

The program would provide activities throughout the day including games, arts and crafts, sports and use of the splash pad the city will install at Trail Station Park later this year through a $345,000 grant award through the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Opening of the splash pad and associated facilities, including public restrooms, is targeted for July 4.

To mix things up throughout the summer, Mazur is seeking local instructors who would be willing to offer their services for specialized programming up to a few times a week pointing to sports clinics and instructor led arts and crafts as examples.

“Maybe a couple days a week to do something out of the norm of the daily schedule,” Mazur said.

Mazur is also accepting donations of outdoor games, art supplies and sports equipment to support program activities.

The program will be funded in part through community sponsors to offset the cost to families. Mazur thanked contributors to the program to date including Walmart Distribution Center 6096, FAGE USA, Skiff’s Dairy and Udderly Delicious. Sponsorship opportunities will remain open through late March.

Mazur plans to prepare resolutions accepting donations from sponsors with Commissioner of Finance Tammie Weiterschan for council approval in April before finalizing the cost of the program to families.

The program is expected to have a “minimal” impact to the city’s liability insurance costs, Mazur reported on Tuesday, with the city’s providers estimating the cost of covering the program at just over $200 per year.

Mazur in November estimated the cost of providing the program at $15,000, comprised of salaries for six part-time counselors and one full-time head counselor to run the program. Dividing that cost among families, Mazur estimated the maximum cost per child at $35 a week or $210 for the entire summer before factoring in sponsorships.

The final rate is expected to be set by mid-April with the opening of registrations to follow on a first come, first served basis. Applicants who submit registration forms, payment and other required documents will be approved until all available spots are filled.

Employment applications for part-time counselors and a full-time camp director were released on the city’s website on Friday. Mazur explained this early step is required in order to submit permitting applications for the summer recreation program to the state Department of Health.

Applications can be found online at cityofgloversville.com for submission to the City Clerk’s Office.

By Kerry Minor

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