Hillsdale Outdoor Park Explorers
The HOPE program is the Town of Hillsdale's six week summer youth recreation program. Until the summer of 2009, it met behind Town Hall in the Hamlet park with no covered area for campers during inclement weather and not alot of space for different kinds of outdoor activities. The program moved to the Roeliff Jansen Park in July 2009 in large part due to a generous grant from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation to renovate one of the park's barns for the campers. This barn will also house community and private events, such as weddings, family reunions, etc.
The HOPE program is now truly about exploring the outdoors, with kids hiking on RJP trails, gardening in the community garden, and engaging in lots of fun activities that investigate the natural world. When it rains, there's no problem. We've got it covered! Kids aren't sent home as they were in the past but spend their time in the big Community and Recreation Barn playing ping pong, making nature oriented crafts, holding hoola hoop contests... the list goes on and on.
A Perfect Setting For Kids!!
Sharon Foster, a fifth grade teacher at Taconic Hills, was last summer's program director, and happily she did it again this summer! Bravo!!
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2011!!