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Accomplishments

Recreation Department Accomplishments 

 
During Fiscal Year 2016
  • Filled approximately 192 temporary summer jobs, and approximately 100 fall/winter jobs predominantly with a teenage work force, offering in house training/certification at low or no cost for those jobs that required it.
  • Provided summer programming for over 1500 participants mainly between the ages of 5-10 in the following programs: swim lessons, tennis lessons, arts and crafts, tiny tots and little adventurers, etc.
  • Taught approximately 500 summer swim lessons and over 100 tennis lessons city wide.
 
During Fiscal Year 2015
  • Issued 12,391 permits for parks and greenspaces in Calendar Year 2015.
  • Filled approximately 202 temporary summer jobs, and approximately 64 fall/winter jobs predominantly with a teenage work force, offering in house training/certification at low or no cost for those jobs that required it.
  • Provide summer programming for about 1385 participants mainly between the ages of 5-10 in the following programs: swim lessons, tennis lessons, arts and crafts, tiny tots and little adventurers, etc.
  • Provide Winter Programming for approxoimately 1000 participants in Swim Lessons, Youth Adventure, Floor Hockey, Basketball, arts and crafts, Family Movie nights, dancing for Adults, etc. 
 
During Fiscal Year 2014
  • Issued 11,303 permits for parks and greenspaces in Calendar Year 2014.
  • Filled approximately 185 temporary summer jobs, and approximately 115 fall/winter jobs predominantly with a teenage work force, offering in house training/certification at low or no cost for those jobs that required it.
  • Provide summer programming for about 1400 participants mainly between the ages of 5-10 in the following programs: swim lessons, tennis lessons, arts and crafts, tiny tots and little adventurers, etc.
  • Provide Winter Programming for approxoimately 1600 participants in Swim Lessons, Youth Adventure, Floor Hockey, Basketball, arts and crafts, Family Movie nights, dancing for Adults, etc. 
 
 During Fiscal Year 2013
  • Issued 11,246 permits for parks and greenspaces in Calendar Year 2013.
  • Targeted Lowell youth with out of school, night, and weekend activities as well as summer programming at no cost.
  • Identified and solicited for funds such as the Shannon Community Safety Initiative grant, the United States Tennis Association Equipment grant, and the Youth Tennis Foundation grant.
  • Served over 1000 participants in our registration programs alone (Saturday hockey, tennis, swim lessons, tae kwon do, dance, camps, baseball tournaments, etc.).  We also service countless others in our drop in programming (Arts and Crafts, basketball, night hockey, pools, special events, etc.).
  • Trained 200 participants in our free swim lessons last summer, and over 400 in the winter swim lessons, thereby increasing aquatic safety and reducing the risk of drowning.
  • Filled approximately 120 temporary summer jobs, and approximately 75 fall/winter jobs predominantly with a teenage work force, offering in house training/certification at low or no cost for those jobs that required it.

Yearly Accomplishments

  • Utilized the Shannon Community Safety Initiative grant to offer no cost programming to at risk youth between the ages of 12 and 21. 
  • Provided year round quality recreation opportunities to the residents of Lowell including basketball, tennis, floor hockey, dancing, arts and crafts, swimming, karate, baseball tournament, CTI partnership program, lifeguard training programs, yoga, lacrosse/soccer training and support for special holiday events such as Monster Bash, Winterfest, Folk Festival and the City of Lowell Lights, KIDSWEEK activities, Bike Rodeo, National Night Out, Healthy Summer Kickoff, triathlons, South East Asian Water Festival, Labor Day Swim Race, etc.
  • Worked with CTI, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Project Bread, and the Lowell Public Schools to provide thousands of free lunches daily over the summer to the youth in the city.
  • Provide First Aid/CPR training to potential lifeguarding candidates.  These safety skills cross over to use in the everyday life of the participant.
  • Ensured proper certifications for aquatics staff.  90% of our lifeguard staff is trained in house due to the ability to offer these programs.
  • Set up river/beach for a safe designated swim area that is clearly marked and denoted as a “no wake” area for boats to increase swimmer safety.
  • Assured that all pools are up to specific codes, had proper handicap accessibility, and were in proper operating condition (water quality, equipment maintenance...etc.).
  • Worked with the Lowell Public Schools to offer after school activities at various public schools.
  • Worked with non-profits to coordinate the Youth Commission and the Manager's Adopt an Island Program.
  • Provided reduced cost movie tickets.
  • Provided expanded summer program opportunities.