Providing year-round programs and services to the residents of Lynn, Massachusetts, the Lynn Parks and Recreation Department has been in existence for seventy-five years. As a division of the Lynn Department of Public Works, Lynn Parks and Rec continually strives to improve the quality of life for those calling Lynn home by providing park programs, sports clinics, entertainment outings, and recreational activities. Throughout the summer months, the Parks Department runs various programs in ten of the neighborhood parks and playgrounds, though there are many additional parks throughout the city. The parks include Barry Park on Boston Street, Marian Gardens Park on Anderson Way, Gowdy Park on Cedarbrook Road, Clark Street Playground at the end of Clark Street, and Gallagher Playground on Ontario. Other parks include Lynn Woods Playground on Great Falls Road, Keaney Park on Memorial Park Avenue, Flax Pond Playground on Chestnut Street, Kiley Playground on Sanderson Avenue, and Magnolia Park on Magnolia Avenue. These summer programs are available to all children regardless of economic or social circumstance. Activities include basketball, kickball, baseball, dodgeball, tennis, bowling league, ski program, swim program, flag football, and leagues and clinics for softball. Beyond athletics they also have roller skating trips, movie nights, arts and crafts, miniature golf, bike safety training, sand castle contests, and even cake decorating. For example, in 2017 field trips were planned to Laser Craze, the Aquarium, and Legoland. The Arts and Crafts scheduled included a coloring contest, puffy paint, Fruit Loop jewelry, and tie-dye art.
In addition to all of that the Parks Department also hosts a Special Needs Camp during the summer. This 5-week program operates Monday through Friday. They also have an Afterschool Program, Bowling League, Winter Baseball/Softball/Swimming, Winter Skiing and Snowboarding, and Fall and Spring Tennis. The Lynn Park Commission also shares jurisdiction of the Lynn Woods Reservation which encompasses almost one-fifth of the City. This beautiful area is full of recreational opportunities and includes an expansive natural watershed. Another fantastic service provided by the Park Commission is helping with the creation of community gardens. Established on city-owned parkland, community gardens are managed and maintained by Lynn residents. These volunteers work together to grow healthy, fresh produce, and there is a growing network of gardens popping up throughout the city. With so many exceptional services, the Lynn Parks and Recreation Department are yet another great reason to buy a home in Lynn.