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AmeriCorps Brighten Taft Bay Park’s Basketball Court

CONSTANTIA – Taft Bay Park is a free community park located on the north shore of Oneida Lake in the town of Constantia.

The park has many amenities for the community including plenty of parking, a basketball court, a tennis court, a kickball or baseball field, several soccer fields, a playground, several swings, a beach volleyball court, two pavilions, several grilling stations and picnic tables, public bathrooms, and a nice sandy beach with a great swimming area.

The United States stencil AmeriCorps members made with children from the summer recreation program on the basketball court.
The United States stencil AmeriCorps members made with children from the summer recreation program on the basketball court.

Swimming is open daily from noon to 7 p.m. while lifeguards are on duty.

It is a wonderful park for the public to use.

Do you live in the town of Constantia and have children that have completed kindergarten?

Taft Bay Park also has a free recreation program for children for six weeks during of the summer months.

With several enthusiastic and responsible counselors, children are bound to have a wonderful time on their summer vacation.

The summer recreation program offers crafts, games, sports, weekly trips to the library, swimming, free lunch at noon, and a free snack before leaving.

Children have the opportunity to participate in activities as they please, allowing them independence and choice.

The summer recreation program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Throughout the summer of 2015 there was a big emphasis on nutrition during the time we were at the library and fitness during the Olympics activities.

Aside from fitness and nutrition, AmeriCorps members, Cassie Tighe and Megan Dignean and the children painted a stencil of the United States on the basketball court.

The children loved being involved and creative, allowing them the opportunity to claim ownership in their work.

Not only have the children at the park used the United States as part of their basketball game, but the community has also benefited.

The fun colors, scaled size, and position of the United States is a perfect addition to the community.

Anyone is welcomed, and most definitely encouraged to spend time at Taft Bay Park.