Albion starts summer park program

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 June 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Cole London, left, and Mekhi Rivera were among the many kids playing dodgeball today at Bullard Park, the opening day of the Village of Albion’s Summer Parks Program.

Albion has Bullard and Pee Wee Park (which is within Bullard) on Route 31 staffed with 12 supervisors. There are other parks with in the village but they are not staffed with supervisors.

This year all activities will take place at Bullard Park. All children who attend Veteran’s Park in the past are encouraged to attend Bullard Park and Pee Wee Park on the east side of the village on Route 31. The village shifted all of the park supervisors to Bullard in a budget-saving move.

Anthony Freeman, 13, fires the ball during dodgeball today at Bullard.

The parks will have supervisors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. All of the supervisors are certified in First Aid and CPR.

The first three days will be orientation and getting familiar with the parks and supervisors. Activities will also be conducted. The supervisors are working hard on the bulletin boards and setting up for the summer season. The children will have an opportunity to play team and individual games and activities throughout the summer.

Field trips and special events are also planned for the children’s enjoyment, said John Grillo, the village’s recreation director.

The Parks Program will also offer week-long camps in tennis, baseball, wrestling, a second week of tennis, and volleyball. Check with the park supervisors for more information.

When parents arrive at the park, they should register their child, and fill out an emergency form with immunization records.

The Parks Program is free to children in the Albion Central School District.

Mike Brewer, 13, eyes a target during dodgeball. The parks run many games for children, including crafts at Pee Wee Park.

Scott Baker, owner of Park & Play in Cazenovia, installs new playground equipment at Bullard.

The new playground equipment enhances Bullard, the village’s most popular park.