DOVER RECREATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES RECOMMENDATION TO OFFER ONLY A VIRTUAL YOUTH SUMMER
DOVER RECREATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES RECOMMENDATION TO OFFER ONLY A VIRTUAL YOUTH SUMMER PROGRAM FOR THE 2020 SEASON
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Town of Dover Recreation Department recommended to the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen Recreation Committee to offer only a virtual youth summer recreation program this year. The reason for the recommendation is due to the inability of the Department to ensure the safety of children under current COVID-19 guidelines for such programs issued by the state, the Town’s insurance carrier, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Deputy Administrator Carlos N. Sanchez, who supervises the Department, also indicated economic reasons for the decision to move towards a virtual program. “The Town budget is extremely tight due to significant carry-over issues from the previous administration. The goal is to get back to a regular program next year conditioned upon resolution of the issues with COVID-19 and the budget.”
Mayor Carolyn Blackman stated, “I am deeply troubled that our youth will not have a summer program and equally concerned that parents will not have it to help with childcare. However, we must consider the safety of everyone first. Furthermore, I am truly saddened that our youth will be denied an opportunity, due in part to the Town’s challenging financial situation.”
Blackman continued, “Regardless, I am excited about the robust virtual offerings our Recreation Department is putting together for our young people. The virtual program will not be computer games. To the contrary, the program will encourage youngsters to get outside, be active, learn more about the environment and Dover landmarks and history.”
Alderman Humberto Quinones stated, “Our Recreation Department has partnered with the Dover Public Library and the Dover Department of Health to offer a variety of activities that children can do alone, virtually with a group, or actively with their families. I am especially excited about the wellness program that our Department is putting together with the Health Department.”
Residents with specific questions about the virtual program should contact Ms. Lisa Newkirk in the Recreation Department.