Derry parks and beaches are starting to open and there’s a lot to look forward to this summer.
The Derry Parks and Recreation Department has planned a whole season of activities from June 16 through Aug. 22, during which time every week has a theme.
Opening week, June 16 to 20, is Spirit Week: Residents are encouraged to put together coordinated outfits for each day. There’s a Sports Day, a Wacky Socks Day, a Disguise Day and more.
June 23 to 27 is Sail Into Summer Week. There will be opportunities to make and race boats and water safety courses.
“It’s a free service that we wanted to provide the community this week,” said Nicole Ferrante, recreation coordinator at Derry Parks and Recreation. “We’re lucky to have certified staff who are knowledgeable in those areas.”
She said that if people know they’re going on, these classes could be one of the most popular and most rewarding events they’ve put together. Adults and kids will learn how to be safe around the water, how to find the right fit for kids’ life jackets, and unsafe practices to avoid. These classes will be taking place rain or shine.
Starting June 30 and ending the Fourth of July is Patriotic Party Week. All week at the parks, Derry will be ramping up for a celebration of America’s independence, with a Birthday Party for America on Thursday and fireworks on Friday night. The best viewing areas for the fireworks show are Hood Commons, Crystal Avenue and Tsienneto Road.
July 7 through 11 is Frozen Frenzy Week. Ferrante said that because of the summer heat, real snow can be difficult to produce in bulk.
“We’re probably going to use a snow substitute,” she said, noting that sand is a likely option. “With the pond there, we have to be eco-friendly.”