SELECTMEN NEWS: Recreation Department Increases Number Of Town Beach Lifeguards By Nearly 50%

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Recreation Director Karen Campbell was in front of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen at their Monday, June 10, 2019 meeting to provide an update on happenings within the town’s Recreation Department.

Campbell highlighted the Recreation Department’s popular summer playground program.

“225 children are enrolled. It is full and we’ve started a wait list. We have 15 more children participating than last year,” said Campbell. “We have unbelievable supervisors running a great program, which is in its 48th year.”

Campbell also praised her Department’s longstanding Tiny Tots and Kids Club programs.

“They have a June 24 kickoff. The programs have unbelievable staff… The programs have been going for 43 years,” added Campbell.

Campbell highlighted many of the youth activities offered this summer, including kayaking, sailing, cooking, crafts, STEM programming, comedy classes, and magic classes, as well as all the standard sports — basketball, tennis, and multi-sports clinics. Campbell was especially excited about a new sports offering — mountain biking, where kids will ride in the conservation lands behind Mill Street and Eleanor Estates, as well as the in the Town Forest.

“It will be nice to the kids to explore more of Wilmington and be outside, away from screens,” said Campbell.

Campbell then ran down an array of adult program offerings, including tennis, pickle-ball, golf, yoga, crafts and an assortment of trips, which are detailed HERE.

“Those that come on our [day trips] don’t have to worry about traffic or parking,” said Campbell. “It’s a great opportunity to see great shows in great seats.”

Campbell noted that the Department offers tickets to Six Flags, Canobie Lake Park, Water Country, and – new this summer – a Whale Watch.

Campbell noted that the Concerts on the Common begin on Wednesday, July 10 with Ball in the House and run for four consecutive Wednesday nights from 6:30pm to 8pm. The lineup can be seen HERE.

Campbell noted that Town Beach opened over the weekend.

“We have a great new staff. We’ve increased our staff of lifeguards. We have 19 guards this summer, up from 13 last year… We have 4 gate attendants as well,” explained Campbell, who stated the increase in staffing will help with capacity issues.

Campbell invited the public to the Annual Police Beach Day at Town Beach on Thursday, August 1, 2019, from 11am to 2pm. Wilmington Police Officers will be behind the grill providing food, while the Recreation Department organizes a DJ, sand castle contest, and other fun activities.

Campbell also noted the new netting is going up at the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility.

“If the new net saves one ball from striking a windshield of a car going by on Route 38, it’s worth it,” said Campbell.

Selectmen praised Campbell and her staff from the depth and breadth of the Recreation Department’s summer offerings.

“The Rec Department is one of the many reasons Wilmington is such an awesome town,” said Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony. “It’s amazing to have such a jam-packed schedule.  We really appreciate you as a resource and asset.”

Several Selectmen were also happy to see the increase in lifeguards.

“I’m real excited about having plenty of lifeguards this year,” said Selectman Greg Bendel. “And that’s a credit to you and your department. I know you started seeking out lifeguards the day after summer ended last year.”

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