FRAMINGHAM — As the world continues to trend towards a new post-pandemic normal, the city is enjoying a busy summer full of drop-in activities and outdoor events.

There are no restrictions on gatherings this year, although people can wear masks if they wish and hand sanitizer will be offered, according to Framingham Superintendent of Recreation Elaine Prue.

“We want people to be as happy and comfortable as possible during our programs,” she said. “So far, it’s going very well. The only challenge we really had was staffing.

Community corner

The city will launch “Community Corner,” a free five-part outdoor program at various city parks on Fridays throughout July and August. The first session will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 8 at Butterworth Park on Grant Street.

The program will feature outdoor games, crafts, music and other family-friendly activities. Prue came up with the idea during the winter.

Larry Bee and the Buzz performed last summer at the Framingham Parks and Recreation Summer Concerts at the Common Center on July 30, 2021.

“We wanted to do a little more community outreach and we invited other departments (in the city) to do that with us,” she said. “When I launched it, everyone was on board.”

The Parks and Recreation Department, Fire Department, Library Bookmobile, MetroWest YMCA and Police Department will each contribute, “just to get us out and have a free walk-in type program available for the community,” Prue said.

A complete list of dates for the walk-in program is available on the City of Framingham website.

Framingham Beaches

For residents of Framingham, Learned Pond, Waushakum Pond and Saxonville Beach are open for the season. Weekly water quality testing is ongoing, so residents should be sure to check Framingham website for test results before grabbing towels and beach balls.

For those who want to spend the summer at the beach while still collecting a paycheck, the Parks and Recreation department has openings, including lifeguards for $18.44 to $22.67 per hour and attendants at the bathhouse for $16.32 to $18.75 an hour, according to the job opening portal on the city’s website. Interested persons can find job offers on the City website job portal.

dog park

Finally, Framingham will have a dog park. The project was a multi-year business by the FramBARK group, Radner Design Associates as well as the town hall and various municipal services.

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Saturday 16 July.

Concert series, films

The Friday Night Summer Concert Series is back this year, weather permitting, from June 24 to August 19 at the Common Center.

In case of bad weather, an announcement will be made before 4:30 p.m. on the Framingham Leisure website. The last concert in the series is scheduled for 6 p.m. on August 19, with a rain date on August 26. A full list of artists will be released soon.

The city will also host a family movie night at 6 p.m. on August 18 at Bowditch Field. The selection of films will be announced at the beginning of August.