Recreation Department tries program expansion

The Block Island Recreation Department is looking for ways to expand its programs for the island’s younger residents, particularly students in the upper grades at school.
Recreation Department Dave Sniffen said attendance at the Recreation Room at Harbor Church attracts a pretty decent crowd on Friday nights, but he hasn’t seen many of the older teens attend.
Because of that, he said he was thinking about opening the school gym on Saturday nights.
“It’s just a thought to give them another alternative. Maybe this will be a good opportunity to do something different for that age group,” Sniffen said.
“Give it a shot,” said Recreation Board Chair Chris Willi.
The department was also starting a winter swimming lesson program for pre-kindergartners at a pool located on the mainland, either at the University or Rhode Island or the YMCA in Peacedale.
“URI is probably more affordable but Peacedale is so much more convenient,” said Recreation Department Assistant Cindy Lemon. About six kids in the three to four year old range are interested.
“It’s a good idea,” said Board member Annie Hall. “And the

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