The Parks and Recreation
Department provides for the recreational needs of the
residents of Saco. The Department is comprised of five divisions
under the umbrella of the Parks & Recreation Department. The
divisions are: Parks which involves the maintenance of
indoor and outdoor facilities; Recreation which is the
programming end of the Department; Senior Citizens;
lifeguards; and trees. Our staffing includes a Director,
Park Foreman, Parks & Recreation Technician, Park Laborer and a
half time secretary/receptionist. During the course of the year we
hire part time staff to meet our program needs and seasonal park
maintenance. Volunteers are an integral part of our youth
The purpose of the Department is to meet the leisure needs of the
residents by offering a variety of programs, as well as by
providing space for both passive and active recreation.
The Department works closely with many of the other Departments,
including the School Department and City Committees to help
provide a well rounded program. The Department is involved with
the Business Association and the Saco Community Activities
Committee in sponsoring the Annual Sidewalk Arts Festival in
June, a Haunted Halloween Hay Ride in October, and the Saco
Yuletide Celebration and parade in early December.
We participate in various state and federal job training programs
by providing work experience to seniors, youth and unemployed
people who are looking for training opportunities in a
New playground at Young School
The Parks Division is responsible for the maintenance of parks and playing fields around the city. This includes, among other things, mowing more than 100 acres of municipal land, the maintence of equipment, pruning of shrubs, planting of flowers, repair of
picnic tables and benches, etc.
The Recreation Division is the programming portion of the
Department. Our summer program involves well over 500 children
in programs which include our 2 day camps, swimming, tennis,
t-ball, baseball and softball.
The fall soccer program is one of our fastest growing programs.
We have over 400 youth from grades 1 through 8 involved.
This program relies on volunteers to coach the teams.
Over 600 children participate in the winter programs from
January through March. Programs included indoor soccer,
basketball, tot program, gymnastics, Teen Drop-in Center,
game session, etc. Over 200 girls participate in the Saco
Jets Baton Twirling program from October through May.
The Department offers a wide variety of adult programs
including volleyball, softball, walk/jog fitness program and
open basketball. We provide the space for square dancing and
various adult groups from Bassmasters to AA.
The programs are offered with the help of staff and many
volunteers - parents, adults and high school students.
The Seniors meet at the Open Door, located on School Street,
during the day. The building is available to them during the day
time hours for meetings, beano, etc.