All Kingston summer recreation programs have been cancelled as a result of the ongoing pandemic, Kingston mayor Steve Noble and recreation director Lynsey Timbrouck announced last week.
The parks and recreation department will not be hiring seasonal programming employees. Three full-time and four part-time staff in the department will be temporarily laid off from May 18 through July 31.
Per the state New York Forward plan, recreation activities will be authorized only in Phase 4. The region has not yet entered into Phase 1 of re-opening.
“While Kingston and Ulster County have made significant progress, our region has not yet fully met the criteria to begin re-opening efforts,” said Noble. “I want to thank our staff who worked tirelessly to prepare for what would have been another wonderful summer of quality youth and adult programming. I know we are all disappointed, but this is the right decision. I look forward to the day when we can reopen these quality programs for our community.”
For those who have registered and paid for any cancelled programs, refunds will be issued by check via mail.