Summer Recreation Returning to Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- Plans are underway to bring back a summer recreation program to Watkins Glen. Craig Bond, the Parks and Events Manager, was tasked by board trustees to bring this program back for children in Schuyler County.
Bond said 2017 was the eight-week program's last year of operation and traditionally, it was free. Now, Bond has been tasked with getting support for funding from local towns and townships such as Orange, Dix, Burdett, and Hector.
Currently, Bond has helped raise $20,000 for the program. The board needs approximately $75,000 to make it free for every child.
"I'm trying to do it as a sliding scale so that if families can't afford it or want to go for a scholarship, we'll use those funds from the towns to support up to 40 kids a week...being free,” he said. “Where the other kids...I think it will be $100 for a week...is kind of the pricing structure.”
Bond said the board will officially know at the beginning of January if all the funds will get raised for summer recreation. He added, if the funding is not sufficient, the program will be pushed to come back in the summer of 2024.
WENY News will continue to update this developing story.