Town of Provincetown

FY 2022 Budget

Division 5: Public Services

630 Recreation Department

Personnel Expenditures

Operating Expenditures

Budget History

Organizational Structure

Recreation Director works under the direction of Town Manager, and meets regularly with Recreation Commission. The Director manages one full time position, the Assistant Director, 12 part time seasonal staff members, and approximately 20 volunteers.

Program Description

The primary function of the Recreation Department is to provide affordable and balanced, year-round recreational opportunities for all Provincetown residents. To this end, a full complement of services and classes are offered to children and adults. The department offers the following children activities: afterschool programming, a summer program, basketball, soccer, t-ball, softball, flag football, dance classes, instructional basketball programs, floor hockey, movie nights and many field trips to see shows or sporting events.

Aside from our great children’s programming, the department also offers a wide variety of adult programming such as; aerobics, yoga, a Stretch and Tone class, Pickle ball, Billiards night, dance classes, CPR certification, adult dodgeball, adult pickup basketball, soccer, and softball. The department is also able to host many recovery meetings at the community center such as AA and ALANON twice per week. In addition, CMA, OA, Smart Recovery and Clutterers Anonymous are all held once per week. The Veterans Memorial Community Center also provides a safe public space for other meetings, play rehearsals and other events.

Along with the programs, classes and meetings listed above, the Recreation Department also organizes the following: Fourth of July Parade, Halloween Greet n’ Treat event, Halloween Parade, Portuguese Festival Fishing Derby, Portuguese Festival Field Games, the Egg Hunt at the Pilgrim Monument, Seasonal Holiday events, Run to the Top and Battle of the Badges.


Budget Statement

As described in the program description above, the Recreation Departments primary focus is creating passive and active recreation for all community members. Right up until March of 2020, the Recreation Departments strongest feature was providing the community in-person services. When the pandemic hit in March that all changed. State guidelines were released soon after in regards to in-person gatherings and interaction; this resulted in all Town facilities to close including the VMCC where all of our programs take place. Alike many other departments, our programming came to a halt.

The Departments core value of bringing everyone together and providing the community recreation had to be reinvented.


As other departments are experiencing, it is hard to budget for what FY 22 will look like however, the department has taken the following concept in the next Fiscal year’s budget. FY 22 budget reflects a two main theory; diverting more resources into Outdoor recreation facilities and how to provide essential in-person services as safely as possible.

With COVID-19 rearranging people’s routine, it is now more evident than ever that people are using the outdoors and this especially holds true in Provincetown. Provincetown holds a large selection of properties that can provide outdoor recreation activities and community members are expressing the need for not only more but also updating the existing ones.


In addition, there also remains a consistent need of childcare in Provincetown, for all community members. The Recreation Department will continue to try to provide childcare services within the local and state guidelines by providing Afterschool and Summer Programs.


Major Accomplishments for 2020

● Planned and implemented a 2020 Summer Program, which adhered to local and state Covid-19 regulations.

● Completed a Provincetown Parks Planning Report

● Hired a Consultant to proceed with a community planning process for 387 Commercial Street, East End Water Front Park.

● Created a updated Recreation Section for the Open Space and Recreation Plan

● Planned and implemented a Hybrid Afterschool Program model

● Recreated and implemented all of our annual Holiday Events to adhere to the local and state COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.



FY 2022 Objectives

  • ● Request grant funding to outline the community and planning process for upgrades at Motta Field.

    ● Update the Open Space and Recreation Plan.

    ● Pave the West End Basketball Courts

    ● Identify space for more Pickle Ball Courts

    ● Make improvements to outdoor recreational facilities outlined in the Parks Plan

    ● Decide the future path of the Skate Park


Staffing Details

Performance / Workload Indicators

Program Fees

FY 2022 Additional Budget Requested

Additional Amount Requested $2,000

Budget Line Number 558560

One Time Only or Ongoing Expense?

Ongoing expense


Description of Additional Program, Product or Service

A request to fund add $2,000 to the equipment purchase line item. This added expense will help provide more components to the town’s recreational facilities such as benches, tables, bottle fillers, trashcans, etc. We have seen an ever more increase of usage in our facilities, based on the fact a lot more people want to participate in activities outdoors due to COVID-19.


Cost/Benefit Analysis

The transportation line item is being proposed to be reduced to zero from the previous amount of $3,300 budgeted in FY 20. The department is requesting that $2,000 of what is usually funded for transportation, be transferred in this line item to fund purchases of outdoor equipment to spruce up our parks, that are being used much more than they have in the past.




Additional Amount Requested $1,300

Budget Line Number 570020

One Time Only or Ongoing Expense?

Ongoing expense


Description of Additional Program, Product or Service

A request to fund $1,300 to provide magic and educational shows to the summer program. The summer program is not anticipating taking field trips in the year 2021, and this will help provide special activities to replace what is lost with a field trip. The hope is to have vendors preform to the children, either virtually or in person, depending on the regulations, to offset the loss of field trips.


Cost/Benefit Analysis

The transportation line item is being proposed to be reduced to zero from the previous amount of $3,300 budgeted in FY 20. The department is requesting that $1,300 of what is usually funded for transportation, be transferred in this line item to fund special events for the children in the summer program. I hope that in FY 23 we are able to board buses and take field trips again.