Shelton's free summer playground program now under way

The city’s summer playground program run by the Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for another season.

The free program will begin Monday, June 30, and run for six weeks, ending on Friday, Aug. 8.

“It’s a good program,” said Jim Carey, who’s been the director of the playground program for 50 years.

Carey expects 400 Shelton children ages 6 to 14 to register this year.

His work begins months before opening day, as he screens and hires the Shelton college students who work as counselors.

“I enjoy working with a great bunch of kids,” he said.

Six playground locations

Carey also organizes the supply boxes for the six outdoor playground sites — Booth Hill School, Elizabeth Shelton School, Long Hill School, Mohegan School, Sunnyside School, and Pine Rock Park (off lower Long Hill Avenue).

There are three counselors at each site, and two at the smaller playgrounds.

Many activities

Arts and crafts specialists visit each site two or three times a week to supervise projects, Carey said, and arts and crafts information will be posted each week on the playground bulletin board.

The programs also offer games, special events, kickball, basketball and field trips.

Campers will visit the Sports Center of Connecticut on River Road twice to roller skate, play miniature golf and use the batting cages.

There will also be a field trip to a movie theater in Seymour.

Playground hours

The playgrounds will be open Mondays from 10 to 3 and Tuesdays to Fridays from 9 to 3.

Children may spend as much time as they want at a playground each day, and those spending the entire day should bring lunches.

The program will be closed on the Fourth of July (a Friday) and on rainy days.

People may register their children at any time at the site where the child will attend.

The summer playground program is sponsored by the city. “The town fathers have been very good to us,” Carey said.