Dear Friends of Merrimack Parks & Recreation,
All of us here at the Parks & Recreation Department hope that this email finds you and your families healthy and safe. Like all Town Departments; the Parks & Recreation Department is doing all that we can to continue operating as smoothly as possible while trying to plan ahead amidst the uncertainties of this pandemic.
The Parks & Recreation Department has cancelled all programs that were scheduled up thru Mid-May but Program Coordinator James Golisano and I are still working hard each day to make all of the necessary preparations for programs and special events that are scheduled to occur from Mid May through the end of August.
I would like to take a brief moment to remind the Merrimack community that the Merrimack Town Council and Town Manager Eileen Cabanel have closed the following recreational facilities until further notice:
Other amenities within our Town Parks (Tennis Courts, Dog Park, walking trails, Open Space Areas, etc.) will remain open at this time as long as visitors continue maintaining proper social distancing.
With the weather warming; we know that children especially will be looking to gravitate to our playgrounds, skateboard park and basketball courts to meet friends, get fresh air and get exercise.While we encourage people to get outside; we also recognize that we are at a critical period in the fight versus COVID-19 and social distancing is crucial to winning that fight.
If you have not looked the Parks & Recreation Department website recently; we have created a Parents Resource page with a variety of free games & activities that can be done at home or out while practicing social distancing. This was done with the help of some of our staff; our independent contractors and volunteers. Each week, we will be continuing to add new content to this page. Scroll down below to view this information.
We are also posting daily updates of activities and Town COVID-19 Information on our Facebook Page. If you do not currently follow us on Facebook; we would encourage you to do so in order to keep up to date with any changes. Our Facebook Page, can be found here:
The Town of Merrimack also has a central repository of information pertaining to COVID-19 with Town, State and Federal information which is updated almost every day. The Town website can be found here.
As I mentioned earlier; we are making preparations for Summer and are still planning on running our Summer Camp Programs as long as the CDC, the State of New Hampshire and the Town's Emergency Management authorities deem it safe to do so. This afternoon, I participated in a conference call with the NH Department of Health & Human Services who are responsible for issuing licenses for Summer Camps to operate. They told us this afternoon that they are still moving ahead with issuing those Camp licenses for the summer at this point.
Registration for our Summer Camps is open and on-going and a number of the sessions are starting to fill up already. Details regarding our Summer Camp programs can be found on our website. Similarly, we are continuing to recruit summer staff for Camp and so if you know of someone looking who is for a summer job; our positions are listed on the Town website found here.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available in this rapidly changing situation and we wish good health to you all!
Matthew Casparius, CPRE
Director of Parks & Recreation
Town offices (including the Parks & Recreation Department) are currently closed to the public, but Program Coordinator James Golisano and I are still available by phone and by email to answer any questions that you may have.
You can reach us by calling the Parks & Recreation Office at 603-882-1046.
James Golisano, Program Coordinator email@example.com
Matt Casparius, Director of Parks & Recreation - firstname.lastname@example.org
As Recreation professionals, part of our job is to create social contact. and we are now being asked to create social distance which for a period of time will will have a tremendous impact on everyone. With schools in New Hampshire being closed until further notice, we want to create a list of free resources that provide educational opportunities and other important information for parents who are home with their children during this time.
TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT Coronavirus (COVID-19): Article By Cookie Suarez, publisher of Macaroni Kid Buckhead-Midtown-Brookhaven, Ga.
30 FREE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES KIDS CAN USE AT HOME: Article By Jennifer Hill, publisher of Macaroni Kid Fremont, Calif. and Barbara Evangelista, publisher of By Barbara Evangelista, publisher of Macaroni Kid Lowell, Mass.
SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing sorted by grade.
LEARN IN COLOR: Includes activities to do when stuck indoors, kid friendly podcasts, online museum tours, math worksheets and more.
NON-SCREEN ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO AT HOME: Pobble.com
ART FOR KIDS: YouTube Channel specifically for kids art programs.
GO NOODLE: GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
COOL PROGENY: OPERATION STORY TIME: Your Favorite Authors Host Story Time Online!
LIST OF OUTDOOR RESOURCES PROVIDED BY: STOP NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER
How to Make Nature a Bigger Part of Your Family’s Lifestyle Are you concerned about the effects too little time outside could have on your family? Between screens and busy lifestyles, young and old alike are losing touch with nature. If you’re searching for ways to connect in the fresh air and sunshine, we have some great resources for you.
Area Fun and Activities
Visit Your Own Backyard
Seasonal Learning Opportunities
Kids and adults both need time in the great outdoors. When you and your kids aren’t getting enough connection with nature, remember these resources. There is something outside for kids of all ages in the Merrimack area!
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