All town recreational facilities, including the playground, basketball courts, fields, tennis courts and skate park off Sargent and Nelson roads, as well as the West Road soccer fields, are open and available for use by residents. Officials continue to stress that people follow social distancing and mask guidelines when using facilities.
Town officials are working on a possible modified version of the annual Old Home Day celebration, traditionally held in August. That could a one-day model schedule to include activities kept with safe distancing in mind and other traditional events being altered or postponed.
Londonderry’s annual media camp held at the Londonderry Access Center is cancelled for 2020.
“Due to the nature of the camps, and in keeping with the governor’s guidelines, we do not feel we would be able to properly social distance the campers in order to keep them safe. Also, because the camps involve performing on camera, it does not lend itself to wearing masks,” statement from the center reported. Anyone wanting to schedule a one-on-one training session is welcome to contact the Access Center at 603-432-1147 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Londonderry’s Recreation Commission has cancelled its summer 2020 playground recreation program, traditionally held at local elementary schools.
Leach Library has canceled its annual summer reading program for 2020, but officials say the library’s work continues with online programs, and activities and throughout the summer, programs for all ages will be held online or virtually including story times, special crafts, adult programs, young adult activities, reading recommendations and other fun events. The library is currently offering a curbside pickup service.
The Homegrown Farm and Artisan Market is cancelled for the season due to COVID-19 guidelines and other challenges facing the downtown summer market. The board of directors and market volunteers say the decision was a difficult one to make, but it’s the right decision due to the circumstances. The market will continue to support local farms and artisans and hope to return in 2021.
The Derry Village Rotary and Derry Rotary clubs, postponed the annual veteran cookout and celebration, with a later date to be set.
The Marion Gerrish Community Center remains closed but the center's thrift shop plans to open to shoppers on Saturday, June 27. Donations are currently being accepted at the shop. Once the thrift shop opens, guidelines will be in place including no more than 10 people inside at a time; no one under 16 admitted; masks must be worn and hands sanitized. There will be no trying on of clothes. The shop will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The thrift shop is located in the lower level of the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway.
Derry Parks and Recreation announce the 2020 free summer concert series in MacGregor Park is cancelled, but Gallien’s Beach is open with modified numbers of residents allowed to visit the beach and other safety guidelines in place.
Derry’s dog park off Fordway is open with upgraded spaces, toys and other improvements. Signs will alert visitors of safety measures in place at the park. Call the recreation department for information at 432-6136.
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry is open with strict safety guidelines put in place for the upcoming summer session. The club will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for students entering grades one through six in the fall. A lottery system will be used to select participants and safety guidelines by the state will be followed along with frequent hand washing, social distancing and other safety measures. For information, contact the club at 434-6695.