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City of Everett launches Sensory-Friendly Open Gym initiative

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New program will offer a welcoming and inclusive open gym for youngsters with sensory-friendly and adaptive programming needs


Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce that the City of Everett’s Recreation and Enrichment Department has launched Sensory-Friendly Open Gym hours at the Recreation Center. The new program offers a welcoming and inclusive open gym that is suitable to youngsters ages five to 18 with sensory-friendly and adaptive programming needs. During the program, the gym features dim lighting, low noise, sensory-friendly equipment, low sensory space and designated break areas. A guardian for each participant is required for this program.

“We are thrilled to launch our new sensory-friendly open gym initiative at the Recreation Center, providing a welcoming space for all members of our community to enjoy physical activity and social interaction,” said Director of Youth Development & Enrichment John Russolillo. “This program represents our department’s commitment to fostering inclusivity and ensuring that everyone feels valued and supported in our recreational offerings.”

“All of the members of the youth commission are delighted that we are taking the steps necessary to be more inclusive for the youth in our community,” said Everett Youth Commission Chairperson Holly Garcia. “There is a need for this project and we are looking forward to welcoming those who will utilize this new program.”

The sensory-friendly open gym hours are taking place on Mondays and Fridays, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Everett Recreation Center (47 Elm St.). The program is running from April 8 to June 7. Registration is required to participate. To learn more, please visit EverettRecandEnrich.com, navigate to the “Programs” tab and click on “Sensory Friendly” under “Adaptive Programs.”

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