Play in the Park and Summer Food Program


Spend Your Summer in New Bedford’s Big Backyard!!


The Play in the Park and Summer Food Service Program promotes health, wellness, nutrition, and outdoor activity during the summer months for youth ages 0-18. At over 20 outdoor sites throughout the city youth can participate in activities with Play in the Park staff and access a free snack or lunch between the hours of 10am-2pm. The goal is to get youth to be active, get outside, have fun and eat healthy during the summer months!

The Play in the Park and Summer Food Program has traditionally operated in the City of New Bedford for well over 10 years and in the summer of 2014 served over 82,000 meals to low-income youth in the city, in parks, playgrounds and other organized arenas that provide engaging summer programming for youth. The Play in the Park and Summer Food Program is a vital piece of City youth’s summer experience and, again, for many youth, it serves as the only nutritious meal they will have all week. The City of New Bedford Parks Recreation & Beaches facilitates and operates over 65 food sites in targeted areas throughout the city. Sites are classified as either OPEN sites which youth can walk-in to everyday or indoor sites where our department partners with a local youth organization to serve food to a summer time program. These sites are strategically located in neighborhoods across the city to maximize access for youth and/or are operated in collaboration with community partners who serve youth across the city. Annual partners in the Play in the Park and Summer Food Program are the Mayor’s Office, the New Bedford Public Schools Department, the New Bedford Housing Authority, the Boys and Girls Club, the YWCA, Community Boating Center, Trips for Kids, and many other community-based agencies.


Proposed OPEN sites for 2015 (subject to change)
Andrea McCoy Recreation Center
Ashley Park
Blue Meadows Housing
Brickenwood Housing
Brooklawn Park
Buttonwood Park
Clasky Common Park
Dottin Place Housing
Hazelwood Park
Magnett Park
Montes Park
Nashmont Housing
Parkdale Housing
Presidential Heights Housing
Rivers End Park
Riverside Park Playground
Roberto Clemente Park
Ruth Street Tot lot
Satellite Housing
Shawmut Housing
Westlawn Housing