Governor Charlie Baker was joined by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy to announce the 2017 Summer Nights Initiative to increase programming and extend the hours of operations at select pools and athletic complexes in areas across the state. The Baker-Polito Administration started the Summer Nights Initiative in 2015, benefitting youth within the cities of Boston, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Malden, Springfield, and Worcester during summer evenings.\n\n\u00a0\u201cWhile Massachusetts youth enjoy their summer vacation, the Summer Nights Initiative offers recreational programs and extended hours at our pools and parks to provide a safe and fun place for all,\u201d\u00a0said Governor Charlie Baker.\u00a0\u201cWith over 450,000 acres of public land, including several parks within city neighborhoods throughout Massachusetts, our parks offer perfect locations for kids to get outside and explore nature, many of which are right in people\u2019s backyards.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe Summer Nights Initiative has become an important yearly program for our Administration over the last three years, impacting the lives of children and their families in cities across the Commonwealth,\u201d\u00a0said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.\u00a0\u201cBy extending the hours of operations at highly visible and frequently utilized facilities, we are able to help promote a healthy, active lifestyle at an early age for our children.\u201d\n\n\u0022The Summer Nights Initiative is a great resource for the youth of Boston,\u201d\u00a0said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. \u201cIn the summer, it\u0027s especially important to help kids stay active and safe. We\u0027re doing that through programs like Summer Learning, Summer Jobs, and\u00a0Boston Centers for Youth \u0026 Families programming. In order to keep kids engaged in their communities, they need safe places to have fun\u00a0both day and night, and\u00a0DCR\u0027s Summer Nights Initiative provides more opportunities for kids in Boston to do just that. We are thrilled to welcome this valuable program back this summer.\u0022\n\nThe DCR has also commenced its popular\u00a0Free Family Flicks\u00a0movie series. Movies will be shown at Fall River Heritage State Park in Fall River, the Martini Memorial Shell in Hyde Park, Salisbury Beach State Reservation in Salisbury, Sylvester Baxter State Park in Somerville, the Charles River Esplanade\u2019s Hatch Memorial Shell in the Back Bay, Lowell Heritage State Park in Lowell, and Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester. Featured movies include Secret Life of Pets, Sing, Jungle Book, Finding Dory, Moana, Lego Batman, Dr. Strange, and Star Wars Rogue 1. The Free Family Flicks program provides family fun and entertainment at no charge (parking fees may apply depending on location).\n\n\u201cThe Commonwealth\u2019s state parks system provides unique and exceptional opportunities to get out outside, explore the natural world that surrounds us, and enjoy some of Massachusetts best and most diverse greenscapes, such as parks, reservations, forests, and athletic facilities,\u201d\u00a0said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. \u201cEnsuring children have access to the environment is important to both their physical and mental growth, and I am pleased that the Summer Nights Initiative will once again provide excellent recreational opportunities that will surely be enjoyed all summer long.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe Baker-Polito Administration continues to prioritize a high level of access within the state parks system for people of all abilities, ages, and locations to enjoy and benefit from,\u201d\u00a0said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy.\u00a0\u201cThe Administration works closely with several partners to provide excellent and unique programming for the Summer Nights Initiative, and I thank them for their continued dedication and support.\u201d\n\n\u201cIt\u2019s my pleasure to join Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh and DCR to launch this vital summer program that helps to revitalize and activate our parks and make them a strong and integral part of the fabric of our community for youth activities during the summer,\u201d\u00a0said State Representative Russell Holmes (D \u2013 Mattapan).\n\n\u201cI commend the Governor on forming these partnerships with the Urban League of Springfield and other local organizations that serve our urban communities so well,\u201d\u00a0said State Representative Bud Williams (D \u2013 Springfield). \u201cBy providing these organized activities, we will take young folks off of the street and put them into situations where they will develop as individuals.\u201d\n\n\u201cI\u2019m always happy to see the state working together with local organizations such as the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club. Ensuring that youth are involved in positive summer activities is very important to me and I am especially excited for these wonderful programs that our youth in the City of Lawrence can participate in,\u201d\u00a0said State Representative Frank A. Moran (D-Lawrence).\n\nThe extension of summer operations will continue through August 17, 2017. Below is a full list of extended hours and programming for additional youth access.\n\nThe following 11 water/swimming facilities will have extended hours of operations on Thursday in July until 7:45PM and in August until 7:30PM:\n\nAllied Veterans Memorial Pool (65 Elm St, Everett, MA).\n\tHolland Memorial Pool (108 Mountain Ave, Malden, MA).\n\tOlsen Pool (95 Turtle Pond Pkwy, Hyde Park, Boston, MA).\n\tSara Jane Sherman Memorial Pool (750 Meadow St, Chicopee, MA).\n\tSouthwest Corridor Park Spraydecks (Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA).\n\tBennett Field (Veterans Memorial) Pool (1260 Main St, Worcester, MA).\n\tLt. Colonel Edward J. Higgins Pool (180 Crawford St, Lawrence, MA).\n\tRyan Wading Pool (350 River St, Mattapan, Boston, MA).\n\tMelnea Cass Pool (120 Martin Luther King Blvd, Roxbury, Boston, MA).\n\tVietnam Veterans Pool (339 Eastern Avenue, Fall River, MA).\nDCR is working in conjunction with four community partners to provide an exciting schedule of recreational, educational, cultural, and arts programs for kids, teens, and young adults to learn new skills and socialize one another.\u00a0Programs such as basketball, flag-football, kickball, dodgeball, volleyball, and ping pong, as well as, dancing, fitness, fishing, and arts and crafts will be featured. Program partners include:\u00a0 Score4More, PIM, Urban League of Springfield, and Lawrence Boys and Girls Club.\n\nSpecial programming through the summer months include:\n\nMondays:\n\nMoynihan Recreational Complex (1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park); 6:00PM-9:00PM:\u00a0the PIM Project will be hosting organized sports and games including basketball and flag-football.\n\nTuesdays:\n\nLorber Playground (Centre St. at Columbus Ave, Jamaica Plain); 6:30PM-9:30PM: Score4More will offer basketball games, fitness, dance, children\u2019s youth and arts activities.\n\nLawrence Boys and Girls Club (136 Water Street, Lawrence); 6:00pm-9:30pm:\u00a0Activities include: basketball games and competitions, dance instruction, fitness training and recreational games including pool, ping-pong and carpet ball.\u00a0 No membership required, open to all youth ages 13-18.\n\nUrban League\u2019s Camp Atwater Campsite (Lake Lashaway, North Brookfield); 5:00PM-9:00PM: Urban League of Springfield will be hosting organized activities including basketball, kickball, dodgeball, fishing, music and food. The program is free of charge and open to greater Springfield and Worcester area youth ages 13-18. Call (413) 739-7211 ext. 103 to learn more and register. Transportation is provided from Springfield.\u00a0\n\n* Additionally, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Urban League of Springfield will be hosting a special event at DCR\u2019s Lake Park at Quinsigamond State Park in Worcester. Activities include volleyball, kickball, soccer and basketball and arts and crafts activities. This program is free of charge and open to all youth ages 13-18.\n\nWednesdays:\n\nRoberts Park (Dunbar Ave @ Washington Street, Dorchester); 6:00PM-9:00PM:\u00a0PIM Project will be hosting organized sports including basketball and flag-football (*note* this is a city of Boston park).\n\nThursdays:\n\nLorber Playground (Centre St. at Columbus Ave, Jamaica Plain); 6:30PM-9:30PM: Score4More will offer basketball games, fitness, dance, children\u2019s youth and arts activities.\n\nLawrence Boys and Girls Club (136 Water Street, Lawrence); 6:00PM-9:30PM:\u00a0Activities include: basketball games and competitions, dance instruction, fitness training and recreational games including pool, ping-pong and carpet ball.\u00a0 No membership required, open to all youth ages 13-18.\n\nUrban League\u2019s Camp Atwater Campsite (Lake Lashaway, North Brookfield); 5:00PM-9:00PM: Urban League of Springfield will be hosting organized activities including basketball, kickball, dodgeball, fishing, music and food. The program is free of charge and open to greater Springfield and Worcester area youth ages 13-18. Call (413) 739-7211 ext. 103 to learn more and register. Transportation is provided from Springfield.\n\n* On Thursday, August 17, 2017, Urban League of Springfield will be hosting a Special Event at DCR\u2019s Lake Park at Quinsigamond State Park in Worcester.\u00a0 Activities include volleyball, kickball, soccer and basketball and arts and crafts activities. This program is free of charge and open to all youth ages 13-18.\n\nThe extended hours of operations will compliment other programs currently offered by the DCR for families at the hundreds of state parks, forests, reservations, beaches and other facilities across the state year round. To read more about the expansion of hours at select pools and parks, and for additional programs by DCR, please visit the agency\u2019s\u00a0webpage.