Activities Abound In Oswego Parks This Summer

OSWEGO, NY – The AmeriCorps Summer Youth Activities at Oswego City Parks program kicked off late month.

Two AmeriCorps members, Cynthia Emrich and Erin Chetney, are providing equipment in conjunction with Oswego County Youth Bureau and the City of Oswego for games and activities for youth in the Port City’s parks.

“I am happy to announce after working with Oswego City-County Youth Bureau Director Brian Chetney, Youth Activities coordinator Dawn Mattot and AmeriCorps Director Kathy Andolina, the park attendant program will be returning to the city of Oswego,” Sixth Ward Council Eric VanBuren told Oswego County Today. “AmeriCorps members (Emrich and Chetney) will be providing the equipment for games and activities for youth in our city parks.”

The summer program will run through August 22, he added.

The goal of the program is to help give local youth opportunities to become physically active and make healthy nutritional choices.

Children under 12 are recommended to have an adult with them.

The schedule includes the following days and times:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Breitbeck Park and, 1 – 3 p.m. at East Park.
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – noon at West Park and, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Oak Hill Park.

The times are subject to change, the councilor noted.

Some of the activities include    basketball, soccer, kickball, capture the flag, wiffleball, four square, ultimate Frisbee, various tag games, water relays, water balloon toss and more.

Emrich and Chetney are two out of 55 AmeriCorps members this year that are serving in Oswego County.

The Oswego County AmeriCorps program focuses on services for children and families. Members mentor youth, provide fitness and nutrition activities for youth, and manage volunteers that serve their community.

“Come and join us for some fun,” VanBuren said. “A special thanks to Brian, Dawn and Kathy for their hard work in bringing this program back to Oswego.”

For more information, contact Councilor VanBuren at (315) 592-1149.

For additional information on AmeriCorps, call Andolina at the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, weekdays at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, extension 3451.