Recreation Department Overview
The Recreation Department’s goal is to provide Lowell’s children and youth with activities at little-to-no-cost designed to help keep them active and engaged after-school, during the evening, on the weekends, and throughout the summer. By combining our efforts with the Lowell Public Schools, we are able to offer-after school activities at various public schools and provide movie tickets at reduced cost. Through the use of Shannon Community Initiative Grant funding, we are able to offer programming designed to help at risk youth between the ages of 12 and 21.
Some of the year-round recreation opportunities we provide include
- Arts and crafts
- Baseball tournaments
- Floor hockey
- Tae Kwon Do
- Lacrosse/soccer training
- Lifeguard training programs
Special City holiday events we also provide activity support for include
- Bike Rodeo
- City of Lights Parade
- Folk Festival
- Healthy Summer Kickoff
- Labor Day Swim Race
- Monster Bash
- National Night Out
- South East Asian Water Festival
We are committed to Training!
- In 2011, over 200 children and youth participated in our free swimming lessons!
- Ninety-percent of our lifeguard staff is trained in-house, where we provide First Aid/CPR training to potential lifeguard candidates and ensure current certifications for aquatics staff.
- We provide employment for teens, offering 100+ seasonal employment opportunities per year for local high school and college age individuals.
- Our personnel continue to look for ways to expand the City’s summer recreational opportunities through partnerships with outside providers as well as in-house staff.
We are committed to the City's Pools and Beach!
- Recreation department employees set up and staff the City’s pools and splash pads along with the Merrimack River beach area for the summer season.
- Each area is set up and monitored to assure that all meet specific codes, have proper handicap accessibility and are in proper operating condition in terms of water quality, equipment maintenance, etc.
Some of our other responsibilities include
- Monitoring and scheduling 9,000+ special event/recreation permits annually.
- Identifying and evaluating potential sources of funding, including the Shannon Community Safety Initiative grant, United States Tennis Association equipment grant, CFIRE grant and the Youth Tennis Foundation grant, all of which help support a variety of activities for our city’s youth.
- Working with various non-profit groups to coordinate the City Mayor’s Youth Commission.
- Working with CTI, the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, the Project Food Bank, Project Bread and the Lowell Public Schools to provide thousands of free lunches daily over the summer to the youth of the city.
- Supporting the City Manager's Adopt and Island Program.