Summer 2020 Activities


We were very upset that we were unable to run our annual summer camp this season. With that being said, we still wanted to offer some smaller scale activities to the community. Here you can find some alternative activities to either do from the comfort of your home or out around town. Check out all the options below, we hope these help you stay active this summer!


Join program supervisor Erin Trnka at Barnard Park on Wednesdays for various art and craft activities! Both morning and afternoon sessions will be available, for an hour each, beginning July 22nd. We can only allow 12 children per time slot, between the ages of 6 and 13. This is a free program and available for Goffstown residents only. Each week there will be a designated craft/activity but there is also the option to do a more basic coloring activity instead if they so choose.

Week 1— 7/22: Sidewalk Chalk and Origami

Week 2— 7/29: Sand Art

Week 3— 8/5: Beads, Necklaces, and Friendship Bracelets

Week 4—8/12: Tie Dye

Week 5— 8/19: Painting (pictures, puzzle, wooden plaque, etc.)

COVID-19 Guidelines and Precautions

The health and safety of those who participate in our programs is our top priority. We want to make sure that you feel comfortable having your children participate in any programs that we run.

Here are the steps that we are taking to keep them safe:

  • All tables will be wiped and sanitized before and after each session.

  • Health screens will be performed before each session. Any child who does not pass the health screen will be unable to participate in the activity that day. This health screen includes:

    • Temperature Check—done with a no contact thermometer, recorded for reference. Anyone will a temperature above 100.4 will be unable to participate.

    • Symptom Check—participants will be asked if they are experience any of the COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath)

    • Question/Answer—

      • Have you or anyone in your family had any close contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have had COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

      • Traveled in the past 14 days either: Internationally (outside the U.S.), by cruise ship, or (within the U.S.) outside of NH,

    • The instructor will wear a mask and gloves. Masks are not required for the participant, but will be available if they would like to wear one.

    • All participants will have their own materials, so there will be no sharing or hand contact. As listed above the instructor will be wearing gloves when distributing materials or assisting a participant.

    • Tables will only hold two participants at a time and they will be seated 6ft apart on opposite sides of the tables. If the activity is not done at a table, all participants will be directed to spots that are at a safe social distance away from those around them.

    • Parents/guardians who bring the child to the session are encouraged to stay in their vehicles for the session unless they choose to use the facilities at the park.

Registration for Art in the Park is available on our RecDesk website.

Time slots are set to an hour and a half; this is to allow for the health screenings pre-program. With that being said, you do not need to arrive to your session early. Arrive at 10 for the AM session and 1pm for the PM session.


If Art in the Park is not for you, we have created some craft bundles so that you and your family can do crafts right in the comfort of your own home! We have 10 craft bundles available for the month of July and will be creating more for August as more supplies come in. The bundles will be given away on a first come, first serve basis. Registration will occur on RecDesk to reserve the bundles. Once you reserve a bundle, you may come to the Parks and Recreation building (155 S Mast Rd.) to pick it up. We ask that only one bundle is reserved per family, due to the limited amount available.

Included in the bundles is mini acrylic paint sets (6 colors), paintbrushes, glue, and seven various craft kits with instructions.

These bundles are free of charge and for Goffstown residents only.

Registration for Craft Bundles is available on our RecDesk website.


Here you can find a map of some the Parks and Recreation spots around town. Go on an adventure this summer and check out the locations where various Parks and Recreation programs are held. This simple and fun activity can help you familiarize yourself with our different facilities and what they offer! Feel free to print out the map and mark it as you visit each place (lick here to download the picture).

ParksandPlaces

Parks and Recreation Building—155 S Mast Road

This is where our offices are located. The small gym area inside is home to various instructor led classes. These types of classes include karate, Zumba, and others. Our Growin’ Grizzlies kindergarten programs are also held in this gym as well as outside on the small field. In the winter, this field is transformed into an ice skating rink for the public. Our parking lot is open to those who wish to use the Goffstown Rail Trail and for those who wish to use the kayak launch down below the building.

*There are NO fitness classes currently running at the building*

Barnard Park—9 Barnard Lane

Barnard Park is the larger of the two park spaces offered in Goffstown. This park has much to offer including: a full football field enclosed by a sports track, a pavilion, basketball court, playground, tennis courts, beach volleyball net, and a multi-depth pool with a diving board. This is one of the two locations for our annual summer playground programs.

*Pool will not be opening for the 2020 season*

Glen Lake—300 Elm Street

Glen Lake is the collection of the Piscataquog River right outside the center of town. Main access to the lake, including a boat ramp, beach area, and resident parking are found at this address.

Goffstown Rail Trail

Goffstown’s Rail Trail is a 5.5 mile, multi-purpose, public path that stretches from the Goffstown Village to the Manchester city line. The trail is generally flat and follows a gentle grade perfect for all ages and activity levels. Walking, running, and biking are allowed on the trail as well as pets. There are various parking locations that offer access to the trail, these include: the Parks and Recreation Building, the lot across from the Jr. Baseball field complex, the Shell gas station, Hillsborough county court house, and the Sarette Fields complex.

Mt. Uncanoonuc

In Goffstown, the Uncanoonuc Mountain Hiking Trails provide hikers with beautiful scenic views of Goffstown and the Merrimack Valley. There are multiple trails with various difficulty levels available, perfect for all ages. A map highlighting the various paths hikers can take is available here.

Roy Park—31 Rosemont Street

Roy Park is our second town park located in Pinardville. This park includes a pavilion, basketball court, playground, multi-depth pool, and a softball/all-purpose field. This is also the location for our annual summer playground program. Additionally, this is where our 1st through 4th grade Parks and Recreation soccer program is held.

*Pool will not be opening for the 2020 season*

Sarette Fields—89 Laurier Street

This field complex holds three multi-use fields. The lower field is smaller and is used for junior sports. The middle and football fields are the same size and used for older levels of various sports. This complex is the main facility for our recreation lacrosse program. It is also, where United travel soccer is played in the fall. There is an entrance to the Goffstown Rail Trail at this location.

Louis St.—96 Louis Street

Located down the road from Sarette fields, this stand-alone baseball field has dugouts, a backstop, and an outfield fence. It is mainly used by the independent Goffstown Junior Baseball program. Use of this field for teams and organized sports is through reservation ONLY, but individuals may use it for small-scale drills or sessions.

 


We will be offering sport sessions, twice a week for five weeks this summer, beginning 7/21. The two sports we will be running are basketball and Pickleball. Basketball will take place on Tuesdays and will include games such as HORSE, knockout, or around the world. Pickleball will take place on Thursdays. There are two times slots per day at 9am and 2pm, each for an hour long. Health screens will occur before the session begins. More about the health screens can be found in the COVID-19 guidelines and precautions below.

Basketball – Participants will be asked to bring their own basketball, to avoid sharing. If you do not have one, we will provide one that has been sanitized before and after each session.

Pickleball—Participants will be using paddles supplied by GPR. These paddles will be sanitized before and after each session and will not be shared during the session.

Session Dates:

Week 1—7/21 and 7/23

Week 2—7/28 and 7/30

Week 3— 8/4 and 8/6

Week 4— 8/11 and 8/13

Week 5— 8/18 and 8/20

You do not need to arrive to your session early for the health screen. Please arrive at 9 for the AM session and 2pm for the PM session.

COVID-19 Guidelines and Precautions

The health and safety of those who participate in our programs is our top priority. We want to make sure that you feel comfortable having your children participate in any programs that we run.

Here are the steps that we are taking to keep them safe:

  • Health screens will be performed before each session. Any child who does not pass the health screen will be unable to participate in the activity that day. This health screen includes:

    • Temperature Check—done with a no contact thermometer, recorded for reference. Anyone will a temperature above 100.4 will be unable to participate.

    • Symptom Check—participants will be asked if they are experience any of the COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath)

    • Question/Answer—

      • Have you or anyone in your family had any close contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have had COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

      • Traveled in the past 14 days either: Internationally (outside the U.S.), by cruise ship, or (within the U.S.) outside of NH?

    • The instructor will wear a mask when in close proximity (6ft) of the participants. Masks are not required for the participant, but will be available if they would like to wear one.

    • The instructor will be wearing gloves when distributing equipment or assisting a participant. It is not required that participants wear gloves but they will be available.

    • During the session, participants will remain a safe social distance apart, when appropriate.

    • Parents/guardians who bring the child to the session are encouraged to stay in their vehicles for the session.

This program is free and for Goffstown residents only.  

Registration can be found on the RecDesk site, here.