Free summer fun on tap at Wainwright Park

By 
Jonathan Rodriguez, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 1, 2010

Wainwright Park is the place to be this summer for free fun for kids ages 6 to 18. St. Mark’s Parish and Dorchester Over the Summer (DOTS) have combined forces to offer more than six weeks of programming at the park, including a series of Saturday cook-outs.

“We just want to give the children the enriching and educational summer experience that they may be missing,” says Veronica Droser, who will coordinate the activities at Wainwright.

The free weekday program will be held July 6th to August 13th, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will play games and sports as well as do arts and crafts. They will be provided with lunch every day and go on field trips every Friday to places such as the zoo, the Museum of Science, and the New England Aquarium. There will even be occupational speakers to give insight into their jobs.

A series of Saturday events are also scheduled for July 10th, July 24th, August 7th, and August 21st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each Saturday will feature a massive cook-out for all who come to enjoy the fun. There will also be a moon bounce, face painting, pony rides, and different sports to take part in. There will even be an ice cream truck. These Saturdays are meant to change the image of Wainwright Park as well as showcase the free summer program that DOTS and the St. Mark’s Parish will also be providing this summer.

Through fundraising golf tournaments and donations, St. Mark’s has been able to raise a lot of money for the program. On top of that, the city of Boston granted DOTS $5,000 while Jim Keefe, a St. Mark’s parishioner, raised $20,000 by running the Boston Marathon.

For more information, please contact the St. Mark’s Rectory at 617-825-2852 or wainwrightpark@gmail.com.