UPDATE: Dozens of Pairs of Shoes Donated by Watertown Native, Rec. Dept. Will Distribute

Watertown native Robert Marra with Peter Centola, who was Marra’s fold coach at WHS and is now Director of Watertown’s Recreation Department. Marra donated 60 pairs of shoes to the Town, which will give them away to residents. (Updated Jan. 13, 2021 at 8:45 a.m.)

Watertown residents can get a free pair of shoes thanks to a Watertown native who wanted to help his hometown. Robert Marra works and lives in Ashland now, but he grew up in Town.

Snowshoeing with the Watertown Recreation Department

The Watertown Recreation Department sent out the following information:

Join us for a fun and active Friday afternoon! Participants will receive a basic snowshoeing lesson. Then, explore our Victory Field Complex through the snow. Please dress warmly in layers with waterproof pants, heavy socks, mittens, waterproof boots, and a hat. Community Snowshoeing – Friday, December 18 – 3:00 to 5:00

Pre-Online Registration is Required – First Come First Serve Basis

Watertown Recreation Kicks Off Survivor Series, New Activities Weekly

An aerial view of Victory Field. The Watertown Recreation Director Peter Centola sent out the following announcement:

The Department of Recreation is pleased to announce to start of RECREATION SURVIVOR SERIES beginning Thursday, December 10. Weather permitting, we will offer a different activities on our Victory Artificial Turf Field each Tuesday – Friday afternoons. We might even use the Victory Track, Basketball, Tennis Courts and Casey Rink on some occasions as well. Signups in advance are mandatory, space is limited and based on first come, first serve.

Recreation Department Announces Victory Field, Courts Are Open

Victory Field will not be hosting football games this fall, but it is open for public use. Watertown’s athletic and recreation facilities are open to the public, announced Recreation Director Peter Centola. Centola sent out the following information:

Our Victory Field Artificial Turf will be open from 8:00am to 8:00pm everyday,  weather permitting.The Casey Park Courts, Victory Courts and Moxley Courts will be open the same times as well.Face covering and other COVID19 protocals for these amenities and other recreational facilities are required. Please feel free to contact the office at 617-972-6494 or 617-312-9007 for questions, concerns or comments. SAVE THE DATE: RECREATION OPEN FORUM, TUESDAY DECEMBER 1 AT 7 PM.

Reopening Plan for Ryan Ice Arena, Winter Recreation Survey

The Watertown Recreation Department announced the re-opening of the John A. Ryan Ice Arena, and detailed the policies that users must follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, Recreation officials have put up a survey for residents to respond to about programs they would like to see over the winter. See the announcements below:

Ice Arena Re-opening

Please find below the guidelines and actions that will be put into place for the reopening of the Ryan Arena, Town of Watertown MA. These guidelines are per Commonwealth of Massachusetts updates of 11-06-20

This being said, the steps are listed below. Rink flow.

Find Out What’s Going on with Watertown Rec. at the Open Forum Tonight

The Watertown Recreation Department will be having an Open Forum on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 7-8 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually. The Recreation Department is offering this zoom meeting to give our residents an opportunity to listen to updates and ask questions regarding the following items:

• Fall Program Wrap Up• Winter Programming Opportunities – Looking for suggestions• Filippello Park (Grove) Field Lighting / Filippello Park (Arlington) Fence Update• Arsenal Park (Phase A) in Process• Recreation Department Looking For Staff• JAR Rink Re-Opening• Halloween Monstah Joyride – Thanks to Commanders Mansion and Others• David W. Hoffman Donations• Snow Shoveling Program• Social Media / Notify Me / Recreation Website

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Recreation Adds K-2 Program at Casey Park, Scholarships Available

The Watertown Recreation Department still has a couple more weeks of its Park Adventure program for children, and the department has added a program for children in grades K-2 at Casey Park. The park on the Southside of town already had programs for older students. The one-week sessions run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the fee is $100, but there are scholarships available from the Watertown Community Foundation (click here for information). The Park Adventure program is a half-day summer program for all with activities ranging from arts & crafts, sports, drama, and many other geared toward their interests and age. More information can be found on the Watertown Recreation website (click here).

Scholarships Available for Summer Recreation Programs from Community Foundation

The following information was provided by the Watertown Community Foundation:

The Watertown Community Foundation’s (WCF) Community Resilience Fund, created to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 emergency and similar crises, has announced a $10,000 grant to the Watertown Recreation Department. The fund is for scholarships for families in need who want to participate in the summer 2020 program. 

“WCF is committed to ensuring every Watertown child that wants one has a camp experience this summer,” said WCF co-president Darshna Varia. “As there were no planned camps for kids in Watertown for this summer, the foundation discussed trying to help the town find a way to give some relief to families and get some outdoor activity for children. With the RecreationDepartment’s announcement of the Parks Adventure Program, we found a perfect partnership.”

“It’s been a long tough spring and now there may be a little relief for families during the summer mornings,” added Peter Centola, Director of Watertown Recreation. Any family in need of financial assistance can contact PCentola@watertown-ma.gov.

Online registration here.