The following programs are offered to City of Erie residents free of charge as part of the City of Erie’s Summer Parks & Recreation Program. Additional funding is provided by the Housing Authority of the City of Erie and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
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Parks & Recreation Program
In partnership with the City of Erie, the YMCA of Greater Erie offers free recreational programming at 8 City of Erie neighborhood parks throughout the summer. At the YMCA Kids Club Summer Parks & Recreation Program, kids spend their days taking part in a wide variety of summer play and learning activities while building a healthy spirit, mind and body. Each day, Y staff leads hands-on-activities such a group games, board games, group sports, group fitness and art and music. A hula hoop instructor will be visiting each park once a week to teach a “hoop” class. Gannon University’s Summer Fit stops by Bayview too!
Before they know it, the day is done and they’ve made a new friend. Free summer lunch is served daily. Ages 6-18. For more information, call Jen Sikora at 240-9928.
Download the City of Erie’s Parks & Recreation Guide here.
Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 14-August 11
Summer Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30a.m.-12p.m.
Locations: Bayview Park, Burton Park, Columbus Park, Frontier Park, Gridley Park, McKinley Park, Nate Levy Park, and Pulaski Park
Youth 6-18 years old splash away the summer days at these neighborhood recreational swimming locations. Bathing suits required; no cut-offs. A certified lifeguard is on duty. For more information, call Jeanne Moss at 452-3261 ext. 274.
Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-4 p.m. July 5- August 11
Locations: Bayview & Columbus Parks
Rodger Young Pool Open Swim & Recreation Program
A summer of fun is in store for youth at the Rodger Young Pool Open Swim & Recreation Program. Kids 6-18 enjoy bouncing from recreational swimming to lawn games, board games and group sports – then back to the pool to cool off! Youth must be registered by a parent or legal guardian before participating in activities. Proof of age is required for 6 year olds and may be requested for others. Bathing suits required. Free summer lunch is served daily. Free Y Swimming Lessons will be offered in July and August. Registration is required through the Eastside Family Y at 899-9622. For more information, contact Jeanne Moss at 452-3261 ext. 274.
Registration Meet & Greet Event: June 12, 5-8p.m.
Pool Program Hours: Opens June 12, Monday-Saturday, 12-5p.m., Closes August 25
Recreation Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-4:30 p.m.
Summer Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Brian Lee Crosby Memorial Learn to Swim Program
YMCA swimming lessons give kids summer fun – with a splash of confidence! No matter what the child’s skill level, certified YMCA swimming instructors will help develop your child’s swimming ability and boost their spirit. Swim lessons are free to all youth ages 6 months-18 years of age living in the City of Erie. Parents or guardians are responsible for registration, attendance and transportation needs. Bathing suits required. Lifeguard on duty. Swim lessons meet 3 times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 2 weeks for a total of 6, 40-minute classes per session at Erie High (Central), Strong Vincent and East School Swimming Pools. Class sessions held between 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
At the conclusion of the session, a progress report will be given to each child with a recommended level for the next session.
A lifeguard skills class will be offered to teens ages 15 and up who have an interest in becoming a certified lifeguard. This class will teach skills necessary to become a lifeguard in preparation for advancing to a Lifeguard Certification Class. We will offer a Lifeguard Certification class to City of Erie residents who want to be a certified Lifeguard and gain employment.
Open swim is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for anyone interested in swimming lessons. Families of those registered are welcome to participate in open swim as well. A parent or guardian must accompany children 5 and under in the water and remain within easing reaching distance of the child at all times. Children 6-11 years must have a parent or guardian on deck. All swimmers will be tested for swimming ability. Bathing suits are required. Lifeguard on duty. No open swim on Tuesday, July 4.
To register, call the Downtown Y, 452-3261 for the Brian Lee Crosby Memorial Learn to Swim Program. Advance registration is encouraged to ensure your child’s participation.
Session 1: Registration opens June 1
June 12-June 23
Session 2: Registration opens June 19
June 26-July 7 (no class July 4)
Session 3: Registration opens July 3
July 10-July 21
Session 4: Registration opens July 17
July 24-August 4
Meals for Kids
Kids fill-up on the good stuff while school is out because of the Y’s free Meals for Kids Program offered when school is out. We serve nutritious meals for kids ages 2-18. No application, income verification or registration is required. After kids eat, Y staff offer activities including playground games, board games, arts/crafts and more. Click here for 2017 locations.