The Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Department rolls out free music and movies three Wednesdays in July in the park at the Civic Center.

The Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Department rolls out free music and movies three Wednesdays in July in the park at the Civic Center.

Photo provided by Clinton Township Recreation


Clinton Township brings seasonal fun

‘We want to provide that summer feeling’

By: Alex Szwarc | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published June 23, 2021

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — From music and movies to a playground program, more will happen this summer in Clinton Township thanks to eased restrictions related to the pandemic.

Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Department Director Brian Kay said he wants to see the department build off its successes during the pandemic this summer.

“We want to continue keeping the trust of the community in our product and programs,” he said. “We have a reputation of having excellent offerings for the community.”

Parks and Recreation Department Assistant Director Tami Letcavage said the department did “play where you stay,” with virtual programming last summer.

Letcavage said the pandemic gave them the opportunity to grow the department’s online presence and reach more people.

“We’re back to our regular slate of activities, while some of them might be scaled back,” she said.

One example is the playground program.

The drop-in program is for children who have completed kindergarten, up to 14 years old. It runs June 28-Aug. 12 and is closed the week of July 5. It is an adaptation of the township’s traditional day camp program.

“That’s typically what our day camp is,” Letcavage said. “We’re still holding it — we just shifted it. Instead of being in schools, we’re in parks. It’s the closest to the real thing, but we have something to offer.”

The playground program takes place at five sites in the township, such as Reid and Normandy parks, and requires pre-registration.

Three Wednesdays in July, the department rolls out free music and movies in the park at the Civic Center, near the gazebo, located at 40700 Romeo Plank Road.

The department offered some music and movies in the park last year, but with limited capacity.

Kay said that families and participants are ready to enjoy the outdoors.

“We’re looking forward to a pretty robust summer,” he said. “I really want to see our music and movie series grow.”

He said a capacity limit was in place for 100 people last summer.

“We should start to see somewhat of a normal looking crowd for them,” Kay said.

On July 14, the movie is “Croods” with family trivia and tunes for entertainment. On July 21, Room 13 brings the music, with “Trolls World Tour” afterward. The final week, July 28, Collision Six will entertain the crowd before “Cars 3” plays, and a classic car show will be presented by the Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise. Music begins at 7 p.m. followed by a movie at 8:30 p.m.

Another program highlighted by the department is Stretch-n-Grow. A pair of six-week sessions will be held at the Civic Center gym. The first ends June 24, with the second running July 15-Aug. 19.

Since pandemic guidelines were frequently changing, Letcavage said planning had to begin months ahead of time.

“We got better at planning things so they could operate as the world exists today, and if things get better, we can expand it,” she said.

Emily Minna, recreation coordinator, said what she’s looking forward to the most this summer is returning to face-to-face interaction with the kids.

“Seeing the kids get outside, play with friends and experience summer will be nice,” she said. “With having to be mostly virtual, you try to provide a good activity, but it’s just not the same as in-person. We want to provide that summer feeling for our families.”

To learn more about summer offerings in the township and to register for programs, visit register.clintontownship.com, or find them on social media @myctpr.


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