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Pittsfield Sets Summer Recreation Schedule

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city set its schedule for summer recreational opportunities.
This summer the city is offering its playground program, outdoor movies, and track and field games. Below you'll find the schedule of activities.
Playground Program
The Summer Playground Program offers a wide variety of recreation activities to city children at no cost. Playground leaders will create safe, supervised and fun-filled environments with activities including: sports, games, arts and crafts, and nature activities.
The six-week long program is free for Pittsfield children ages 6 to 13. The program will be held at the following parks: The Common, Durant Park and Springside Park at Springside Avenue, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 8 to Aug. 16 
Lifeguards at Burbank Park 
Lifeguards will be on duty at the public beach within Burbank Park beginning Wednesday, July 3. Lifeguards will provide beach supervision from: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays through Aug. 18.
Pittsfield Track & Field Games
The City of Pittsfield has teamed up with Berkshire Lightning, the Berkshire Running Center and the YMCA for this free program which introduces and teaches youth the basics of track and field including warm ups and several running and field components.
The program is open to children ages 6 to 14 and will be held on Saturday, July 27. Registration and warm-ups will begin at 9 a.m. and events begin at 9:30 a.m. at Taconic High School.
Outdoor Movies
The summer outdoor movie series will be held at two new locations. Come and enjoy seeing a movie in one of our local parks for free!  Free family friendly movies are shown on select Friday nights during the summer and begin at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.)
The Common (First Street):
July 5: "The Grinch 2018 "       
July 12: "Cars 3"
Durant Park (John Street):
July 26: "Muppets Most Wanted"
August 2: "Disney’s Christopher Robin"
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Wetlands Derails Restoration of Pontoosuc Beach

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wetland issues have derailed planned improvements to Pontsoosuc Lake Park.
The Friends of Pontoosuc Lake received $15,000 from the Community Preservation Act with the intent to restore the beach on the Hancock Road side. The city's Parks, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager Jim McGrath, however, said it was found that the former beach has essentially turned into wetlands.
"We can't disturb that area of Pontoosuc Park," McGrath told the Parks Commission on Tuesday.
McGrath said the way the drainage currently is in the park has led to wetland soils and plants covering the former beach so it is now treated as a resource area. McGrath said options now would be to re-orient the stairway and create another beach in another location. But, "it is going to be an involved project."
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