Town planning on holding summer camp

Town planning on holding summer camp

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials tentatively plan to reopen summer camp as scheduled in early July, but say there are still a lot of questions to be answered before they’ll know for sure how it will look.

“We’re planning to open with some changes,” said Mayor Charles Lombardi.

He said he expects available slots to fill up quickly during planned June sign-ups, noting how parents rely on this service from the town.

“I just want to make sure we handle it properly,” he said.

Recreation Director Lois Barbieri said the hope is to open, but organizers need to see what the governor’s exact restrictions on summer camp will be.

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced last week that she expects summer camp to be able to happen in Rhode Island starting in late June, though with restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Barbieri said North Providence’s day camp wouldn’t start until July 7 anyway, so the governor’s timeframe likely won’t impact the town in that regard. She said there are a lot of preparations to make no matter what the final decisions are.

According to Barbieri, Raimondo’s proposed restriction of keeping the same 10 students together in a group could impact the town’s overall ability to serve the more than 100 young people who typically attend camp. She said the current space constraints at the park could lead to fewer children being accepted or to having no camp on rainy days.