Close to 150 youths enjoying Winthrop Summer Parks Program

If it’s summer, then Ingleside Park is bursting with activities in Sean Driscoll’s popular Summer Parks program.

Close to 150 Winthrop boys and girls are participating in the seven-week summer camp program that concludes with a Town Day carnival on Aug. 20.

This summer looks a lot different from last summer when the COVID-19 pandemic required much social distancing at two parks, Coughlin and Ingleside.

“We’re having some very good days at Ingleside,” said Driscoll, who is being assisted by Program Coordinator Jimmy Carroll, Toni Ann Titemore, and a team of 24 park instructors.

The half-day program runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The full-day program runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Recreational activities have included tennis, basketball, arts and crafts, pony rides, water slide day, moon bounces, and obstacle courses. Fields trips on the schedule are Canobie Lake Park, Boston Codzilla High-Speed Boat Ride, and Water Country.

In addition to the weekday camp, Driscoll reports that Ingleside Park is also the place to be in town on “Park Nights when there are 6 p.m. barbecues, followed by concerts at 6:30 p.m. There are two “Park Nights” scheduled for August.

“We also have a company called Boston Jumps that comes in and does some workout activities and the kids love it,” said Driscoll.

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