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Parks and Recreation: a point of pride for Everett

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Swan Street Park, which was fully renovated in 2018, now features a splash pad, a playground, a Little League field and basketball courts. (Photo Courtesy of the City of Everett)

  If you’ve driven around Everett recently, you’ve probably noticed that our local parks are all looking their absolute best lately, with plenty of green space, freshly mowed ball fields, new playgrounds and even splash pads ready to provide some refreshment and relaxation for all. Additionally, many of our beloved summer programs are back this year, and it’s shaping up to be a great summer here in Everett.

  At Rivergreen Park, Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s Summer Basketball Program kicked off at the end of June, with games running through August 7. Rivergreen Park, which is a neatly manicured park with a multitude of wildflowers, also includes a new canoe and kayak launch, a football field, a playground, a splash pad and walking paths that connect to the Northern Strand Community Trail. What was once a polluted former General Electric site is now one of the most beautiful places in the city.

  Over at Swan Street Park, which was fully renovated in 2018, you can cool off at the splash pad or pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic tables and unique playground. There’s also a Little League field and basketball courts. At night the park has illuminated walkways for added safety.

  Sacramone Park is another local favorite and has two synthetic turf Little League fields, a splash park, a playground, a basketball court, a picnic area, a bocce court, restrooms, concessions, perimeter walkways, green space and state-of-the-art athletic field lighting.

  This summer the Mayor’s Crimson Kids Summer Program is back, run by Recreation Leader Michael DiPietro. The program operates out of the Samuel Gentile Recreation Center, starting the week of July 12 and running for six weeks. The cost is $50 per child per week and $25 each additional child, and it is open to all children ages six to 13. Participants will enjoy a variety of activities, including field trips, plenty of park and playground time, exercise classes, arts & crafts, daily swimming at the pool and entertainment. The program is limited to 100 children per week on a first come, first served basis, and registration must be done in person at either Everett City Hall or the Everett Health Department.

  The Summer Youth Jobs Program, which is also run by DiPietro, is back this year – bigger and better than ever – with 250 kids expected to participate. It began on July 6 and runs for eight weeks, with kids being placed all over the city – at the Department of Public Works, City Hall, the Everett Police Station, the Everett Public Libraries and more.

  One other program of note this summer is the free lunch program, which is run by the YMCA. They’ll be handing out free lunches Monday through Friday at five of Everett’s parks all summer long.

  As things return to normal and we once again gather with friends and family, be sure to spend some time at our local parks, enjoying the waterfront and green space that Mayor DeMaria has worked so hard to make available to all.

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