Parks and Recreation

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?


SATURDAY MORNING BASKETBALL
Registration is open for Saturday Morning Basketball. Program runs Saturday mornings from November 23, 2019 - March 14, 2020.

Locations:
Pastore Youth Center
Grades 1 & 2: 9am - 10:15am
Grades K & 1: 10:30am - 11:45am

Western Hills Middle School
Grades 3 - 5: 9:00am - 10:30am
Grades 6 - 8: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Park View Middle School
Grades 3 - 5: 8:00am - 9:30am
Grades 6 - 8: 9:30am - 11:00am

Registration fee is $25 per child. Return registration forms to our office at the Pastore Youth Center.

This is an instructional program designed to teach the fundamentals of basketball. This is not a league; no teams will be formed.


LIVING ARTS ACTING CLASS
The Cranston Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Living Arts Theater, will be offering an eight-week acting class for students in grades 2-10 at all experience levels. Through these process-based classes students will learn acting techniques, build scene study and improv skills, as well as building ensemble-based collaboration skills.
The classes will be taught by the Living Art Summer Theater teaching artists and will culminate with an acting showcase for friends and families in Pastore Youth Center’s acting classroom.

The Fall Session will run on Saturdays at the Pastore Youth Center from October 19th- December 14th, 2019. No class November 30.

9:00a.m.— 10:15a.m. for Grades 2-5
10:30a.m.—12:00a.m. for Grades 6-10

Fee is $110 for the 8 Week Session

There is a strict limit of 10 participants for each class. Once a class is filled, we will accept people on a wait list.

To register, please return the form along with a check made payable to “City of Cranston” to the Parks and Recreation Department.


WINTER INDOOR TENNIS

Registration is open for Winter Indoor Tennis at Hugh B Bain Middle School. Program runs Saturday mornings from November 23, 2019 - March 14, 2020.

9:00am - 11:00am
Ages 6 - 12 years old

Registration fee is $85 per child. Return registration forms to our office at the Pastore Youth Center.

Program is intended for young players to build their skill set. Program is ideal for beginners or those looking to improve skills. No matches will be played due to space constraints.


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.