UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Up to More Than a Dozen in Watertown, Parks Still Closed

The sign posted at Watertown parks and fields reminding people that they are closed due to the Coronavirus. The number of Watertown residents who have tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached 15, as of Wednesday. Also, Town officials remind residents that parks and fields remained closed in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. The number of confirmed cases in town was published on the Town’s COVID-19 web page. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts has increased significantly over the past six days.

Watertown Closing Playgrounds, Fields, Dog Parks as Coronavirus Precaution

The tot lot installed at the 552 Main Street Park is one of the Watertown Recreation facilities that have been closed due to the Coronavirus. The Watertown Recreation Department has closed its facilities around town, including fields, courts, tot lots and dog parks, as a precaution during the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Recreation Director Peter Centola sent out the following announcement:

Please be advised that all fields, courts, track, tot lots and dog parks in Watertown are closed immediately due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Please adhere to this request and follow all guidelines by the Watertown Health Department and all governmental agencies. On Friday, the Town announced that all Recreation activities and permits had been cancelled through the end of March.

Town Closing Library, Senior Center, Rec Dept Until Late March in Response to Coronavirus

In an effort to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, the Watertown Library, the Senior Center will be closed and all Recreation Department activities will be cancelled, Town Manager Michael Driscoll announced Friday afternoon. Town Hall will remain open. Driscoll spoke at a special School Committee meeting held Friday afternoon. This follows Thursday’s announcement that the Watertown Public Schools will be closed through March 27. While the Senior Center will be closed from Friday, March 13 to the end of March for activities and exercise programs, some senior services will continue.

Recreation Department Seeking Applicants for Part-Time, Summer Jobs

The following information was provided by the Watertown Recreation Department:

The Watertown Recreation Department is now accepting applications for the following positions for the 2020 calendar year. This includes immediate employment as a part time member of the staff throughout the year or seasonal work during the summer months. Applicants must be entering the 9th grade (Fall 2020) or older to be considered. Positions Available: Program Directors, Program Supervisors, Program Staff, Program Counselors, Counselor in Training, Nurse, Specialists, Pequossette Staff, Park Instructors, Program Staff, Park Rangers, Coaches and Scorekeepers. If you are looking for employment to begin before the summer season, please complete your application and an interview will be scheduled with the Director of Recreation.

Watertown Recreation Has Tons of Activities This Winter

The Watertown Recreation Department announced it is offering the following program opportunities. The registration information is included below, posted on the Watertown Recreation Website www.recreation.watertown-ma.gov and in the Watertown Recreation Office in the Town Hall. Space is limited and participants are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Registrations will not be accepted at the site of the program. Please send recreation programming registrations to the Recreation Office.

Rec Department Running Adult Co-ed Volleyball, Women’s Basketball Programs

The Watertown Recreation Department has programs for adults, too, including a co-ed volleyball and a women’s basketball. Find out how to register below. Adult Coed Volleyball – Open Gym

This is a drop-in coed volleyball program designed to provide exercise and fun for adult men and women. This program offers gym time for men and women to enjoy competitive playing in a recreational setting. Who: Adult Men and Women (ages 18 and over)

When: ThursdaysNovember 7, 2019 – March 19, 2020No program 11/14, 11/28, 12/26/19, 2/20/20

Time: 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Where: Watertown Middle School GymnasiumFee: $50.00

Register Online: Go to our website at www.recreation.watertown-ma.gov and select “Online Registration”

Women’s Basketball – Open Gym

This is a drop-in women’s basketball program designed to provide exercise and fun for adult women.

Registration Open for February, April Vacation Programs for Kids, Skiing Bruins Tickets Available

The Watertown Recreation Department will be running programs for kids for February and April vacations. Also, the department has tickets available for certain Boston Bruins games. Wachusett Mountain Ski-Board Program

This program is designed to provide middle and high school students with a fun and safe atmosphere to learn elements of skiing or boarding or to improve their skills. All participants must wear helmets while skiing or boarding. Space is limited on the bus provided by the recreation department.

Winter Programs for Kids Hosted by the Recreation Department

Watertown children can join a variety of programs put on by the Recreation Department this winter, including skiing, floor hockey and the community sports and games weekend

The Recreation Department sent out the following information:

Wachusett Mountain Ski-Board Program

Who: Grades 6 – 12

Description: This program is designed to provide middle and high school students with a fun and safe atmosphere to learn elements of skiing or boarding or to improve their skills. All participants must wear helmets while skiing or boarding. Space is limited on the bus provided by the recreation department. Please register early. All participants’ parents must register online with Wachusett Mountain.