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PARKS AND REC. DIRECTORY
The Department of Parks & Recreation maintains several recreational facilities for school sports, youth athletics, and resident usage. Permits, which may be obtained at the Recreation Office located at the Peter Pastore Youth Center, 155 Gansett Avenue, are available to residents and groups to guarantee the use of ball fields and tennis courts. Each and every other recreational facility is available to Cranston residents. Special rules and regulations are posted at each site to ensure a safe and fun environment for all.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN RECREATION?
REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS
Parks and Recreation will be offering summer programing with the Playground Program, Summer Tennis, Arts & Crafts, Living Arts Theater, and Budlong Pool Swim Lessons.
Parks and Recreation Department will hold two (2) evening registration at the Pastore Youth Center, 155 Gansett Avenue, on April 21 & 23 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.
If you are unable to attend the evening registrations, beginning Monday, April 27, registration will be taken in the Recreation Office at the Pastore Youth Center between 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday thru Friday. Deadline to register is June 12, 2020.
Forms will be available for download on the Parks and Recreation website as well as in the Recreation Office.
Please bring the following when registering your child(ren): Child’s Birth Certificate, Proof of Residency (Driver’s License or Utility Bill), Health Insurance card.
Payment MUST be by check or money order. No cash or credit cards. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN OVER THE PHONE. For Playground Program, please bring a 50% deposit at time of registration with payment due in full by June 12. For all other summer programs, payment is due in full at time of registration. NO REFUNDS.
The City once again will be offering a summer camp scholarship program for the Playground Program. More details about how to apply and application deadlines will be forth coming.
SUMMER PROGRAM START DATES
Our slate of summer programs and the opening of the Budlong Pool will begin on June 22. Exact program details are still being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCED
Cranston’s “Music In Our Town” Free Summer Concert Series will be held on the lawn of the William Hall Library, 1825 Broad Street. Kicking off July 2, the free concert series will feature a diverse selection of local bands. Performances will be on Thursdays from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
July 2 – Edge of Dreams
July 9 – Paula Clare Band
July 16 – Country Wild
July 23 – Illusions
July 30 – Midnight Honey
August 6 – 19th Nervous Breakdown, A Rolling Stones Tribute
For more information about each band, check out our Facebook page.
CHILDREN’S PERFORMERS IN JULY
William Hall Library will also play host to 2 family-friendly performers in July, courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department.
Magician Tommy James will bring his unique style of comedy and magic to Cranston on July 21, at 6:30pm.
Toe Jam Puppet Band will get kids of all ages singing and dancing on July 28, at 6:30pm.
Both performances will be on the library lawn; performances will be moved inside in the event of inclimate weather.
WOMEN'S FITNESS CLASS
Women's Fitness Class starts September 9, 2019.
Classes will be held in the Dance/Fitness room at the Peter Pastore Youth Center, 155 Gansett Avenue, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.
The sessions will run as follows:
Session 1: September 9 – November 20, 2019
Session 2: December 2 – February 12, 2020
Session 3: February 17 – April 15, 2020
Session 4: April 20 – June 17, 2020
The session fee is $40 for both night and $20 for one night. Pre-register during normal business hours at the Recreation Office or on-site prior to the start of the class.
PETER PASTORE YOUTH CENTER RENTAL
If you or your organization are interested in using the PPYC for an event, practice, try-outs, etc, please fill out the building request form by clicking HERE. Submit the completed form to the Parks and Recreation Department and your request will be reviewed and responded to in approximately 5 - 7 business days. Rental fee for use of any part of the PPYC is $50 per hour.
A WORD ABOUT TAX ID # REQUESTS
It is coming up on tax filing time and The Parks and Recreation Department will be receiving numerous requests from Playground Program participants for the City's Tax ID number to apply for the Child and Dependent Care Credit. As stated on our application, our program does not qualify for the credit under the tax code.
On Page 6 of IRS Publication 503 Child and Dependent Care Expenses, under "Care of a Qualifying Person" it states, "Expenses are for the care of a qualifying person only if the main purpose is the person' well-being and protection." It further states, "Expenses for care DO NOT include amounts you pay for food, lodging, clothing, education, and entertainment." (Emphasis added)
Our Playground Program is field-trip and activity based. The majority of the fee for the summer PROGRAM (not a camp) is to cover the cost of the trips, performers, and clothing provided to the participants. Therefore the fee paid falls under the category of entertainment and clothing, not well-being and protection.
FOLLOW CRANSTON PARKS & RECREATION ON FACEBOOK
The Cranston Parks and Recreation Department is now on Facebook. We can now post real time updates on program information, cancellation, and up coming events. Follow us by clicking the link HERE.
CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY AS THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WITH NEW PROGRAMMING INFORMATION.