Brewster Rec Launches Bay Property Spring, Summer Programming
By: Bronwen Walsh
BREWSTER — To say Recreation Director Mike Gradone and Assistant Director Andy Havens have a lot on their minds lately is an understatement. They’re hustling.
The department is hiring and interviewing candidates for new administrative positions and looking for seasonal swimming pool assistants for the former Sea Camps outdoor pool, which opens June 26.
The town hopes to find outside management for the pool. In the event there are no takers, “we’re also exploring developing our own lifeguards and/or pool manager in case no [proposals] are received, with management on the very broad shoulders of Mike Gradone,” said Rec Commission Vice Chairman Thomas Wingard, also a member of the Bay Property Planning Committee.
“We’re cranking out programming, that’s for sure,” Gradone said by phone Monday. “The demand is definitely there. We’re hiring 45 to 50 staff members, so it’s a lot to take on right now. This was a big turnover year for us. We’ve probably lost 50 percent [of our seasonal staff], which was huge. We made up quickly and are doing very well.”
Openings remain for summer playground counselors, gate and pool attendants, and pool lifeguards, and “we’re still looking for an assistant director with PE and arts” experience, he said. “The summer rec program is in great shape. Sailing is going to be tough; we lost our director and four of five staff members.”
Gradone and Havens are partnering with Ocean Edge to host an Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under on Saturday, April 8, rain or shine, with an Easter Bunny meet-and-greet at 8:45 a.m. and the hunt at 9.
They have Outer Cape Kite Flying doing a demo at First Light Beach on Saturday, April 22, at 8:30 a.m., and the Brewster In Bloom 5K Run returns on Saturday, May 6.
The Senior Striders start meeting at First Light to walk or run on Saturday mornings in May (9 to 11 a.m. for adults age 55 and up).
The town also will tentatively host a public forum about Sea Camps programming in May.
Summer events at the bay property include an outdoor movie night, dancing outdoors with a family friendly DJ, and, to top it off, another Touch-A-Truck event.
Regularly scheduled youth and adult sports programming includes T-ball, baseball, softball, tennis, soccer and pickleball clinics.
Gradone said he’s excited about the department’s spring programming mix, although this Saturday’s planned polar plunge was canceled due to scheduling conflicts with other plunges.
“Andy has done a really good job of building these programs and staffing them and getting volunteers,” Gradone said. “I’m really looking forward to the summer and warmer weather, which means more opportunities to get people’s feet and eyes on the property.”
Also in the works for summer are kayaking trips at Long Pond, made possible by Mass Audubon, on dates to be announced.
Given that access to the pond property is virtually impossible right now without bussing people in, “we thought, hey, why not leave from the Long Pond landing and kayak over there,” Gradone said.
Check out the employment opportunities on the rec website and also register there for spring programs.