Recreation revival in Carbonear
Director pleased with registration for summer program
There is a new energy running through the Carbonear summer recreation program.
Recreation director Rob Button sees it everyday.
He can see it on the faces of the instructors, and he can see it on the faces of each child who participates every day.
“There is a new energy in the staff and it’s filtering down through the program,” said Button.
The Carbonear program is experiencing a resurgence. In its first full week of activities, Button said the program has close to 200 young people registered, which is up from the enrollment of 150 when the program finished last fall. “We have seen some growth,” he said. Part of the reason for that growth may have to do with the program starting a week earlier this summer.
Last summer, there was a late start, which may have prevented some families from registering their children.
However, Button believes the increase has to do with a lack of construction on the field. “We’re able to offer more,” said Button. Work for the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games, held in Carbonear and nearby Harbour Grace, was just beginning to amp up when the program was set to begin.
This meant that certain facilities, like the softball fields, were unavailable to use during different parts of the summer.
Some weeks the children would not have the use of the softball fields, while during some others, the softball field would not be available.
However, this summer all facilities are available from the beginning, meaning a summer’s worth of activities for the children.
“The program struggled a little bit because of space,” said Button. “It’s been a little bit better organized and the program has been able to do what it is supposed to do.
“This year we’re able to do what we want to.”
Also, the attraction of playing on the refurbished fields may have helped recruit new participants to the program.
Button prides the program on being accessible to any family who wants to enroll their child. Whether that includes a child who will only be in town for a couple of weeks, or is around all summer, Button welcomes all to come out. The cost of registering is a flat fee of $50. “Our rates are affordable,” said Button.
Children still coming
Button said everyday there are more parents signing their children up for the program.
The last couple of years, numbers have been down around 130, but last year and this year, have seen numbers rise.
With a national push to get children out of the house and onto the fields, it would appear that summer programs in this region are starting to make see a revival.
“It seems to be coming back,” said Button.
Carbonear recreation director Rob Button.