Mayor Angel Taveras and Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence Announce Free South Side Clubhouse Summer Program, Teen Nights
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Mayor Angel Taveras and Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence Announce Free South Side Clubhouse Summer Program, Teen Nights

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New option among many fun, safe summer activities for Providence youth and families.

Mayor Angel Taveras and Nicole Dufresne, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, today announced a free summer program option for Providence children and teens.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence came forward to partner with Mayor Taveras to allow free membership to the South Side Clubhouse summer camp program for 50 youth ages 6-12. The program runs Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. The program includes organized activities, including swimming in the Clubhouse pool. The program runs now through Friday, August 16. Interested parents can call 401-444-0766 for registration information. All fees will be waived.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, in partnership with Providence Housing Authority, will also offer teen nights on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. These nights will include time in the gym, pool, and specialty activities. Teen nights will be open to up to 50 teens per night.

"The South Side Clubhouse is an important resource for the community, and we are grateful to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence for extending this resource and their support to even more of our kids," said Mayor Angel Taveras. "Today's announcement provides another great opportunity for our children and teens to stay active, healthy and engaged this summer."

The South Side Clubhouse pool is located at 1 Louisa Street in South Providence, within approximately 10 blocks of the Davey Lopes Recreation Center.

"At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, we pride ourselves as a strong community partner with an unwavering dedication to helping the youth who need us most," said Nicole Dufresne, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence. "Our Clubhouses often serve as a home away from home for many, particularly during the summer months when children and teens need access to fun, educational, and safe activities - I'm very pleased to extend our resources to even more of Providence's youth."

The South Side Clubhouse pool is another among many opportunities that Providence children and teens have this summer. Other organized activities include:

  • Summer day camps at Davey Lopes Recreation Center, South Providence Recreation Center and Vincent Brown Recreation Center
  • A free, non-contact football clinic with the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and the New England Patriots Alumni Club, on Saturday, July 20 from 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Classical High School football field. This free "Football for You" clinic is open to boys and girls, ages 10-14, of all skill levels. More information and registration forms are available at or by calling 401-421-7740 ext. 323
  • A statewide summer high school basketball league for boys and girls, from June 24 - August 15
  • Rhode Island Breakers Middle School Basketball League, hosted by John Hope Settlement House, from July 8 - August 15
  • The Mayor's Cup Baseball in Silver Lake/Olneyville, from August 12 - August 23.
  • Neighborhood Parks Summertime Series, including daytime and evening activities, as well as entertainment, at various neighborhood parks throughout the summer.
  • The Providence Department of Parks & Recreation's Summer Sports Camp program is fully booked and taking place at locations throughout the City. Summer sports camps run from 9a.m. to 3p.m. (golf runs from 9a.m. to 12p.m.) and include sailing lessons, golf, lacrosse, tennis, track and field, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball and soccer. The Parks & Recreation Summer Sports Camp was created in partnership with the Community Boating Center, Buttonhole Golf and Meeting Street School.
  • Four outdoor pools and 10 water parks are free and open to the public, at recreation center sites and in neighborhood parks throughout Providence. Pools are open Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and water parks are open Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Water Park Locations

  • Al Carrington Water Park - 64 Richardson Street (corner of Richardson Street & Prairie Avenue)
  • Sackett Street Water Park - 110 Sackett Street
  • General Street Water Park - 11 West Drive
  • Harriet & Sayles Water Park - 375 Sayles Street
  • George J. West Water Park - 1266 Chalkstone Avenue
  • Fargnoli Water Park - 945 Smith Street
  • Fox Point Water Park at Cabral Park - 505 Wickenden Street
  • Neutaconkanut Recreation Center Water Park - 675 Plainfield Street
  • Wallace Street Water Park - Cumerford Street (off of Union Avenue)
  • Billy Taylor Park - corner of Camp Street and Cypress Street

Pool Locations

  • McGrane Pool at West End Recreation Center - 404 Dexter Street
  • Almagno Pool at Neutaconkanut Recreation Center - 675 Plainfield Street
  • Selim Roger Recreation Center - 60 Camden Avenue
  • Zuccolo Recreation Center - 18 Gesler Street

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