Announcements & News

Links to Information About COVID-19 - Thursday, March 5, 2020

Although this is not a comprehensive list, these sites will provide comprehensive information on the disease both globally and locally:

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS): https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US Dept of State Travel Advisories: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

Programs & Events During COVID Pandemic

All in-person programs and events are being reviewed individually for potential risk of exposure to COVID for our staff and participants and will resume, be suspended, or canceled based upon level of risk.
 
Parks are open for your enjoyment. Please practice social distancing and other CDC recommendations while you are out in public.
 
Physical distancing doesn’t mean we must socially isolate. Keep checking our website for new programs and events we are creating for you! Find COVID Closure programing under the "Programs" tab.

Camp Rec Summer Day Program Opens June 22

Let's get those kids outdors! Camp Rec is an outdoor summer day program for youth entering grades 1-6. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, registration will be limted and new policies and procedures have been created. Please see the Camp Rec Parent Manual for details.
 
Camp Rec Parent Manual - Covid Summer 2020

Parks Are Open

There are currently no restrictions on the use of Town managed parks, hiking trails, or open spaces. Being in nature, or viewing nature, is known to benefit your mental well-being by increasing positive emotions while reducing anger, fear, and stress. Learn more in this article: "How Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing?" .

We encourage everyone who ventures outdoors to follow these recommendations:


  • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting cold or flu symptoms.

  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.

  • Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.

  • While on trails, warn other users of your presence, and as you pass, and step aside to let others pass to keep the recommended 6 foot distance.

  • Follow CDC guidance and observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.

  • Know that facilities are not cleaned or sterilized and you are using them at your own risk.

Beachs Are Open

During the Select Board meeting of May 11, 2020, the Jaffrey Select Board decided Jaffrey public beaches shall remain open for the summer season with the following changes.

 Shattuck Park will be opened in its usual capacity: no lifeguards on duty, porta potty in place, and no trash cans on site. Shattuck Park is a “carry-in, carry-out” park.

 
 
Contoocook Beach:
  • No lifeguards on duty.
  • Squantum Road will be closed as usual (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) with no beach sand placed on the road.
  • A porta potty and trash cans will be placed in their usual locations.
  • Social distancing signs will be placed.
  • No parking on Squantum Road. Any parking on Squantum Road will be enforced by the Police Department.

All park visitors are strongly encouraged to follow CDC and State guidelines for social distancing while in the parks to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. 

We encourage everyone who ventures outdoors to follow these recommendations:

·     Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting cold or flu symptoms.

·     Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.

·     Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.

·     Always follow CDC guidance and observe recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals, including while swimming. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.

·     Know that these facilities are not cleaned or sterilized, and you are using them at your own risk. 

Mental Health FREE Resources

Crisis Text Line - Text 741741

Learn more about Crisis Text Line in this video from The New Yorker

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

"SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders."

Monadnock Peer Support promotes wellness and recovery, as defined by the individual, through intentional peer support, and to provide advocacy, educational, vocational, interpersonal, social, and spiritual opportunities to adults who utilize mental health services to learn wellness strategies, develop mutually beneficial relationships, and to support each other in attaining increased capacities for self-determination, independence, and personal growth.

"NAMI New Hampshire provides information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness and suicide."

 

If you know of additional free mental health resources in the area please email: recreation@townofjaffrey.com so we may include them in our next newsletters. May is Mental Health Awareness Month.


Help Build Phase 2 of the Playground!

Phase 1 was built in May 2018! YIPPEE! YAHOO!
Let's make Phase 2 a reality in 2020!
 

Please help us reach our goal of $40,000 to build phase 2 of the new playground. With a population of 5500 people in the Town of Jaffrey, a donation of $7.28 per person would exceed our goal.
 
Support the playground fund: donation may be sent to: Town of Jaffrey, 10 Goodnow Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
 
Together we can build it! Learn more about this project by reading this article featured in the Monadnock Ledger Transcript: http://www.ledgertranscript.com/Jaffrey-rec-department-to-build-new-playground-13034634
 

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