Applications for youth program, summer jobs available

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Department of Parks, Recreation and Beaches has applications for its 2020 Kennedy Summer Day program for children, as well as for summer jobs, now available.

Applications now available for 2020 Kennedy Summer Day Program

Applications are available for parents to register their children to participate in the Kennedy Summer Day Program.  This summer program is an opportunity for children to engage in a variety of sports, games, crafts, environmental education, and outdoor fun while making new friends. Activities include beach and swim time, special visitor programs from the Art Mobile, Buzzards Bay Coalition, and many more.

The Kennedy Summer Day Program operates out of beautiful Fort Taber Park and includes breakfast, lunch and transportation.  The program is open to children who are eligible for kindergarten in September of 2020 through the age of 14.

For New Bedford residents, each two-week session is $240.  Scholarships are available for those who qualify.  If space allows, non-residents may register for $275 per session. This summer, the program will also offering a one-week option for $150 for residents and $175 for non-residents.

Available Sessions:  8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily

  • Session 1   July 6 —July 17
  • Session 2   July 20—July 31
  • Session 3   August 3—August 14
  • Session 4   August 17—August 21 (one week only)

Space is limited, so parents are encouraged to complete and submit an application as soon as possible.  Registration packets are available at the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Beaches located at 181 Hillman St. in Building 3, at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center located at 181 Hillman St and at, or contact the office by phone at 508-961-3015.

Now accepting applications for more than 70 summer jobs


Department of Parks, Recreation and  Beaches has applications for seasonal summer jobs available.  The department offers positions for New Bedford residents for 8 to 10 weeks during the summer working in a variety of programs. Many positions are entry level for youth ages 16 to 24 while others require professional experience.

There are more than 70 positions being offered for this summer for city residents seeking a summer opportunity or job-related experience. Positions offered include: Kennedy Summer Day Program staff (experience preferred), Play in the Park, and Summer Food Program positions, Lifeguards (must have proper certifications), Site Supervisors, Van Drivers, Van Aides, Beach Parking staff and Park Ambassador.  Applicants must be 16 years of age by the effective date of the program.

Applications are available at the Department of Parks, Recreation and Beaches at 181 Hillman St. Building 3 or under job opportunities at

All applications must be returned to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Beaches at 181 Hillman St. Building 3, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Applications will be accepted until March 27, 2020. Applicants must attend a mandatory training before the start of employment.

For more information interested applicants may contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Beaches at 508-961-3015 or stop by the office at 181 Hillman St., Building 3.