Leader Series: Divine Smith Father Lennon Park

Camden street park (Father lennon) blog post
“Come Play at Camden”
Right in the middle of camden street theres a big ol park named Father Lennon park, otherwise

known as Camden St. Park, and in the summer its full of children and teens playing or loking for something to do in the heat. At Playcorps we help fuel and support childrens free-play, imagination and creativity during the summer, while helping provide free summer lunches to can them active, healthy and fed so they can continue to play. At Camden st. Park we have 4 amazing staff that consists of me (Divine), Davannah, Kiara and Sarah. Our staff of play workers help provide a safe, clean, and creative environment for children to play.
Here are some examples of the fun and amazing things that happens at our park,

Improvised Water Slide: 

And this week we were lucky to have a party in the park, here are some of the great times we had : 

Now that you've seen what we been up to at our park, come and play at Camden, whether its to use the Selim-Rogers rec and pool that's right next door, the playground or the parkour
Corner, there's always fun to be had at Camden St. Park.

/-Divine Smith

2019 PlayCorps Leader Series: Mecca at Wallace (Forys)

Wallace Street Park (Forys) Blog post

“Welcome to Wallace!”

It has been a very hot and exciting start to the summer this year! This will be my fourth summer with Playcorps and is certainly shaping out to be one of my favorites. Having two lunch staff this year has made it a smoother process for kids to receive their lunch and for us to document how many kids in the city are getting a much-needed meal to fuel them for all of their adventurous summer play! Additionally, Wallace park has two recreation staff to help monitor our Splash pad that stays open from noon until 7 pm in the evening. Then there is Playcorps; Myself, Yahira, and Lesley, who keep the park bustling with creativity, action, and crafts. We all work together to ensure that Wallace park, which can sometimes feel like it is tucked away deep within the Silverlake neighborhood of Providence, is a refuge for children, teens, and families for when they want to get out and just have a little fun. 

For those wondering what we have been up to so far this summer, here is how our week has gone:

Masks and Jewelry making in the Shade

Super Heroes and Robots imaginary play

Musical Instrument Making and Decoration

Basketball and “Pass the Ball”

Decorating the Playground

Chalking the Storage Hut

Dirt Designs and Constructing Ant Homes

“Hot Potato” in the Splashpad

So Wallace park is filled with laughter and imagination from 10 am to 7 pm and even longer, as those in the neighborhood feel ownership of their park, and utilize it after “working hours” to exercise along the paths, play soccer games with friends in their fields, shoot hoops, and have picnics at sunset. We hope you will come by and join us!

Welcome back to Summer!

We've been counting down the days and FINALLY it is here! SUMMER!

It's time to have some fun in the sun and let your cares melt away!

With Summer comes PlayCorps! My name is Chelsea and I am the director of Providence PlayCorps for Summer 2019!

I am a music teacher and I am so excited to let my inner child out this summer by leading this awesome team of play workers throughout the city if Providence.

PlayCorps brings children back to the basics of play away from screens and allows them to explore and learn by using their creativity and imagination. It is only week two and I have seen so many smiles, heard a lot of giggles, and seen a couple of great messes! Kids turn anything into magic when given the chance to explore.

Having taught in the city for 2 years now I have seen many of my students. This program is an amazing program that lets kids just be kids.

If you are looking for something for your kids to do this summer please feel free to visit any of our 6 sites! Our teams of play workers are ready to make today the best day of your summer!

If your kids are ready to make art, music, build, and get messy! PlayCorps is the place to be!