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OPA Sponsored Youth Recreation Programs

Agnes L. Park Recreation Building - The "Rec Hall"


Image: Katie LawsonWelcome Katie Lawson, Rec Hall's Director
"I am incredibly excited about being the Rec Hall Director and having tons of fun with all the kids. I am a fifth generation member of the Ocean Park Community and have been coming to Ocean Park since I was about a week old. It is the place I call home. I grew up going to the Rec Hall every day with my brothers, and met some of my best friends there. I am a firm believer that the Rec Hall is a place where kids can just be kids and have fun in a safe environment. When I was growing up, I made lifelong friendships because of the Rec Hall and became closer with the Ocean Park community as a whole. I want to help these kids form the relationships with their peers as I did and show them just what Ocean Park is all about. Kids of all ages can look forward to old and new activities that keep their bodies moving and connect them socially. Working with Assistant Director Oscar Ekman, we will offer diverse activities for the kids to participate in, such as music activities, arts and crafts, card games, and sport and provide a safe and fun place just to hang out with their old and new friends."

"I am currently attending Ithaca College in upstate New York working hard toward a degree in Clinical Exercise Science with a minor in Sports and Exercise Psychology. I plan on attending physical therapy school in the Boston area after I graduate from Ithaca . My goal is to become a pediatric physical therapist."

The Agnes L. Park Recreation Building–aka the Rec. Hall–is open every weekday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00pm from June 27 through August 29 (except as noted below). The Rec. Hall is equipped with a basketball half court, volleyball, professional size pool table, bumper pool table, foosball, air hockey, ping pong table, board games, a craft corner, music and a snack bar. The Rec. Hall is open to children entering first grade and above; however children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an older sibling or adult. Rec. Hall membership is $60 for the season, $35 per month, $15 per week, or $5 per day. The Rec. Hall is located at Colby Avenue between W. Grand and Clover. During 2016 the Rec. Hall will be closed on July 4; July 12 due to the book sale; July 29 due to the 5K race; and August 9 due to the book sale. To contact the Director, please call 934-1341.

~ ~ ~ ~ 2016 Rec Hall Special Programs ~ ~ ~ ~

Family Movies: Enjoy a family movie every Monday at 7:00pm, June 27 to August 29 (no movie July 4). All are moved to Jordan Hall except July 25, Aug. 8, and Aug 22 which are being held in the Rec Hall. Free will donations. Download Summer Movie Schedule (PDF).

Family BBQ: Come to a family BBQ at the Rec Hall at 6:00pm on Tuesday, July 19 sponsored by Oceanside Grille at The Brunswick. Cost is $5 per person.

Dances for Youth 13–18 are held in the Rec. Hall on Friday nights during the season starting July 1, 8:00-10:30pm (except July 29 due to the 5K race). Admission is $6, $4 for Rec. Hall Members. Last dance of the season is August 19.

June 29: “So You Want to Be A Clown” Workshop ............ Rec Hall 9:00 to 11:00am: Make-up, costume, & funny business! Bring yours or use ours! Pre-registration at OPA office is $5; $7 at the door. Leader: “Bessie,” aka Lauren Gallagher.

July 3: Sand Sculpture Competition.............. 30th Annual Family Sand Sculpture Competition will be held on the beach between Randall and Ancona Avenues. Theme: Treasures in the Sea. Stop by the OPA office after Memorial Day or at the site on the day of the competition to register and gather valuable information! Judging starts 6:15pm, winners will be announced at 7:00pm and recognized at the Band Concert on July 4.

July 4: Decorated Bicycle Contest ................ Rec Hall Register the week of June 27 at the Rec Hall (2:00-5:00) or starting 8:00am the day of the event. Decorate your bike at home and bring it to the Rec Hall for judging and ride in the parade at 10:00 am. Prizes awarded during the Band Concert following the parade.

Memorial Library

Story Time is every Thursday, 10:00 am to 10:30 am, June 30 to September 1. Volunteers read stories to children in the children's section of the Memorial Library. Volunteer readers are assigned and coordinated by Noreen Conlan. If you would like to volunteer or need more information, contact the Memorial Library.

Tails to Read is offered on select Tuesdays this summer. Come meet Bosco on July 12 and 26, and again on August 9 and 23, from 9:00 to 10:00am. The Library will be closed to the general public during this time to give each child uninterrupted time to read to Bosco, a 7-year-old chocolate Lab, who lives on Ferry Beach in Saco with his owner and best friend, Tony DeBarros. Bosco has a Canine Good Citizen Certificate from the American Kennel Club and is a registered therapy dog, and has lots of listening experience from working with children. Children interested in reading need to sign up for a ten-minute slot and prepare a book to read. When it is their turn, they will be reading one-on-one to Bosco with Tony looking on. Sign up can be done at the library or by calling us at 934-1853.

Ecology Adventure Camp

Image: Ecology School

July 27-29: - 9:00 am -12:00 pm. Sponsored by the Ocean Park Educational Bureau and based at the Rec Hall, for ages 6 through 12. This fun and educational camp is run by personnel from the Ecology School and offers children the opportunity to visit and explore, through fun games and activities, the ecology of the pine forest, the salt marsh and the beach . The fee is $20 per day or $60 for the three-day camp. Register in advance with Beth Keene at to receive important participant information. Same day registration is at 8:45 at the Rec Hall.

Summer Season 2016