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Summer Rec program set to return in 2021
Williams Aquatic Center to remain closed this summer

The city of Williams will host its annual Summer Rec program June 7-July 23. (Loretta McKenney/WGCN)

The city of Williams will host its annual Summer Rec program June 7-July 23. (Loretta McKenney/WGCN)

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — There’s some good news on the horizon for children in Williams as the city gave the greenlight for the Summer Rec program at its April 8 meeting.

The popular youth program was cancelled last summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are very excited,” said Recreation Manager Sylvia Lopez. “It definitely won’t be a quiet summer around here.”

The program will run its normal seven weeks, June 7- July 23.

However, Williams City Council decided against reopening the Aquatic Center, which has been a big part of the Summer Rec program in the past.

The council determined that the city would not have enough time to prepare the pool for the summer season and also incorporate the modifications needed for a safe return.

“At this time we have no plans to do anything with the pool,” said Vice Mayor Don Dent. “If we do open it up, it’s about $350,000 out of the budget — we’re going to leave that alone right now.”

Lopez said the Summer Rec program will have a few changes from previous years, such as “water days” at Cureton Park instead of taking children to the pool.

The program will also make adjustments for field trips and other travel.

“We won’t be making trips to the movies in Flagstaff,” Lopez said. “The theatre requires masks and as of now only allows groups up to 50.”

Lopez said the Summer Rec staff typically has 100-plus children attending field trips.

The program plans to use the local parks in Williams more this summer.

“We plan on using what we have here such as the baseball fields and Cureton Park,” she said. “We plan to be outside as much as possible.”

Lopez said she plans to rehire past staff and Camp Civitan has again committed to providing lunch for the children.

Although there are some changes to this year’s program, Lopez said the recreation department is planning new activities for the children to enjoy.

“We plan to host a Color Run for July 23 that includes the whole town,” she said.

Registration will begin the first week of May for children ages 6-13. Parents can either come by the Rec Center at that time or look for a flyer coming home with students. The Williams Recreation Department can be reached at (928)635-1496.

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