(May - August Camps & Programs)
This newsletter will be used in place of our normal "Program Brochure" and as our primary form of advertising through the months of May - August 2021. There may be additional programs added during these months as we move forward and we will be sure to keep the public informed. Our staff have worked hard to develop programs with safety measures in place to help ensure the safest environment possible for participants. We are happy to be able to offer great opportunities to keep you safe, active and healthy during these trying times. You may click the program hyperlinks within this newsletter for more specific information on each program or to register.
  • Closed weekends beginning Memorial Day Weekend (May 29-30) through Labor day Weekend (Sept. 4-5)
  • Closed May 31 (Memorial Day)
  • Closed July 5 (observance of July 4)
  • Closed September 6 (Labor Day)

Beginning, Friday, May 28, SPCC will close at 5:00pm on Fridays through the summer.
Registration for Spring/Summer Programs
April 12 - for residents
April 15 - for non-residents
Summer Rec Camp Registration
Opens May 3rd - Online Only
8:00am: Kindercamp (entering K) & Teen Extreme (entering gr. 7/8)
9:00am - Little Riots (entering gr. 1/2)
10:00am - Big Riots (entering gr. 3/4)
11:00am - Gr. 5/6 Camp
Check out our 2020 Rec Camp Highlight Video!
Youth camps below are eligible for the Nathan Savage Youth Programs Scholarship Fund.
Week #1: July 19-23
Week #2: July 26-30
*Discount received if registering for both weeks

August 9-13
Tiny Tykes (Ages 3-6) 1:00 - 3:00pm
Half & Full Day Options (ages 7-14)

Week #1: August 16-20
Week #2: August 23-27

June 15 - July 20
K-2: Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:00pm
Gr. 3-4: Tuesdays, 6:15 - 7:15pm
Gr. 5-8: Thursdays, 5:00 - 7:00pm

July 19-23 - Half & Full Day Options

Week #1: August 16-20
Week #2: August 23-27

July 12 - 16

Entering Grades 6-9: June 21-25 - Full Day
Entering Grades 2-5: June 28 - July 2 - Half Day

July 26-30

Thursdays, July 1-29

July 12-16

Entering Grades 5-9: Mondays, July 12 - August 2
Entering Grades 2-5: Tuesdays, July 13 - August 10

Tues - Thursday, June 29 - July 15

Week #1: July 12-16
Week #2: July 26-30
Week #3: August 9-13

Questions or info on Youth Camps, contact Jenee Pelletier at jpelletier@southportland.org.
Mondays, 5/10 - 6/14

Saturdays, 4/24 - 5/24

Saturday, 5/1 @ SPCC

Madden, Fortnite, Super Smash Bros & Rocket League
Summer Season: July 10 - August 14
Full details available June 1
Contact Whitney Dorsett for more info - wdorsett@southportland.org

Questions or info on Youth Programs, contact Jenee Pelletier at jpelletier@southportland.org.
South Portland Parks & Recreation is selling Red Sox tickets at the group rate to see the boys of summer back in action on Sunday, July 11 at 1:10pm versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be unable to provide a charter bus to the game this year. Participants are encouraged to carpool down, and we will have our own South Portland section at the game. Go down with a friend or the family, and make some memories that will last a lifetime. We have a limited amount of tickets available, so don't wait too long. With limited capacity at Fenway Park this season, tickets will be hard to come by. 

All sales are non-refundable.

Tickets may be purchased at the South Portland Community Center front desk, at 21 Nelson Rd, South Portland. First come, first serve. 

Game Info: Sunday, July 11 at 1:10pm vs. the Philadelphia Phillies
Seating Info: Right Field Grandstands Section 3
Cost per ticket: $65.00
Saturday, August 21, 2021
The Kid's Triathlon is back for 2021!This event is in honor of South Portland’s own, Nathan Savage, who was passionate about family exercise, promoting physical activity, and giving back to the community. The main goal of this event is to expose youth to the great sport of triathlons and to have fun! The aim is to encourage self-confidence and promote the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.

This event will take place at the South Portland Community Center and South Portland High School campus and surrounding neighborhood. It will not be professionally timed nor will there be any overall age division winners as the goal is to promote physical fitness and doing your best! Participants will receive a race shirt, medal, water bottle and other gifts.
No day of registration. Must pre-register by August 13th. 

New this year!
Choose from our short course or long course
depending on your ability!

Race Info
Date: Saturday, August 21
Time: 9:00 am (short course) 10:00 am (long course)
Ages: 8-15
Location: SPCC & surrounding campus
Fee: $5.00/ $25.00 non-res

Packet Pickup
Date: Friday, August 20
Time: Between 5:00-6:30pm
Location: SPCC Lobby
~All Events and Times are Subject to Change~
Please visit our Facebook Page for updates.
Saturday June 12th
SoPo End of School Year Family Picnic & Fireworks @ Wainwright Athletic Complex, 7:00pm

Sunday, July 4th
4th of July Extravaganza @ Bug Light Park, 5:00pm

Wednesday, July 7th
Summer Concert Series @ Mill Creek Park, 6:30pm - OC12 The Band

Wednesday, July 14th
Summer Concert Series @ Mill Creek Park, 6:30pm - Maine Marimba Ensemble

Tuesday, July 20th
Summer Movie Series @ Bug Light Park, 8:30pm

Wednesday, July 21
Summer Concert Series @ Mill Creek Park, 6:30pm - Studio Two: A Beatles Tribute

Friday, July 23rd
Summer Movie Series @ Bug Light Park, 8:30pm

Wednesday, July 28th
Summer Concert Series @ Mill Creek Park, 6:30pm - Down East Soul Coalition

Tuesday, August 3rd
National Night Out @ Redbank Community Center, 5:30pm -7:30pm

Saturday, August 14th
Art in the Park @ Mill Creek Park, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Wednesday, September 8th
Bug Light Park Fall Classic Car Show @ Bug Light Park, 4:30pm – Sunset
(Rain Date 9/11)

For questions on events, contact Robert Carter at rcarter@southportland.org.
Registration for MAY swims and aerobics classes is as follows:
TUESDAY, 4/20 at 6am for RESIDENTS
We have made the difficult decision to NOT host youth swim lessons this summer with a variety of factors involved. We are gearing up our staff and facility to host youth swim lessons this Fall. Be on the lookout for more information with specific times/dates/protocols later in the summer.
Pool Schedule Updates
Changes to the pool schedule will be happening each month to gradually bring us back to a more normal routine. Watch out for small changes each month, including increased numbers to SOME of our lap swims, the return of Open Swims with access to the diving board and a different flow to our exiting procedures. Changes will be outlined on our monthly calendars (please read the backside each month), on MyRec when you register and through email blasts.
Adult Stroke Refinement
Adult Stroke Refinement clinics are underway for Spring and we plan to continue these clinics over the summer. Be on the lookout for an email blast with details and when to register.

Willard Beach
Willard Beach re-opens on Saturday, May 29th which includes lifeguards patrolling daily beginning at 9am and public access to the restrooms and outdoor showers
This lifeguard re-certification option is for currently certified (or expired within the last 30 days) lifeguards to practice and review their skills including water rescues, CPR/AED and first aid. This one day session will be a refresher and include a blended learning (online) segment prior to the in person training. Please plan to have completed the online skills at least one day prior to the schedule skills session. 

Points to know:
  • Please plan on getting in the water!
  • You must complete the online portion prior to the in person session
  • Please arrive with the following:
  • your proof of e-learning completion
  • swim suit
  • towels
  • lunch/snacks
  • a refillable water bottle

COVID protocols and safety measures have been put in place and will be strictly followed

WHEN: Sunday, May 23rd from 8-2pm
COST: $180.00/$195.00 non-res
You can access the lifeguard training manual using the following link: Lifeguard Manual

Access the eLearning content using the following link: 

If you have questions, please contact the instructor, Casey Murphy at
The Teen Center, located in the Redbank Community Center, is open to ANY student in grades 6-12 that resides in South Portland. Teens have access to a full size gym, kitchen and activity room with ping pong, foosball and other games. There is also an area where students can do homework and receive help from staff. Although the Teen Center is a free drop-in program, all participants are required to register each school year. Parents and teens are to sign and agree to the Teen Center Code of Conduct Policy. These forms are available at the Teen Center, South Portland Community Center, and online.

What’s new?

NEW HOURS: Beginning April 5th, The Teen Center will be opening at 10:00am to provide space for any student looking to do remote learning and have a space for activities in between classes. Lunch will be provided by the school department and the “activity room” will serve as a quiet classroom setting.

Hours of Operation (School Year): Monday – Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm. Schedule subject to change at any time. Stay in touch with the latest updates, schedules and special events at the Teen Center by liking “South Portland Parks & Recreation” on Facebook!

Address: 95 MacArthur Circle West, South Portland ME 04106
Teen Center Number: (207)-347-4145

FMI please contact Alicia Hoyt, Teen Center Coordinator at ahoyt@southportland.org.
AUGUST 16 & 17
This end of summer overnight rafting trip is one that no teen will want to miss!
We will be bussed to Caratunk, ME where Adventure Bound Youth Adventures will host us at their amazing base camp, and lead us down the Kennebec River for a 12 Mile rafting trip. An additional liability waiver, provided by the rafting company, will be required in order to participate. 

Register before July 1st, 2021, and receive a $15.00 discount. 

Questions, contact Robert Carter at rcarter@southportland.org.
Session 1: Fridays, 5/7 - 5/28
Session 2: Sundays, 5/2 - 5/23

Session 1: Fridays, 5/7 - 5/28
Session 2: Sundays, 5/2 - 5/23

Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays ending May 27

Wednesday Cardio Tennis A: 6/2 - 6/30
Wednesday Cardio Tennis B: 7/7 - 8/4
Saturday Cardio Tennis A: 5/29 - 6/26
Saturday Cardio Tennis B: 7/3 - 7/31

Session A: Mondays, 6/7 - 6/28
Session B: Mondays, 7/12 - 8/9

Session 1: Wednesdays, 6/2 - 6/30
Session 2: Wednesdays, 7/7 - 8/4

Thursdays, 6/24 - 7/29

May - Mondays, 5/3 - 24
May - Wednesdays, 5/5 - 5/26
June - Mondays, 6/7 - 6/28
June - Wednesdays, 6/2 - 6/30
July - Mondays, 7/12 - 7/26
July - Wednesdays, 7/7 - 7/28
August - Mondays, 8/2 - 8/23
August - Wednesday, 8/4 - 8/25

Wednesdays, 5/5 - 5/26

Free Virtual Zoom Workshop - MUST Pre-register
Tuesday, May 11

Summer 1: Tuesdays, 5/4 - 6/29
Summer 2: Tuesdays, 7/6 - 8/24

Tuesdays & Thursdays
May - 5/4 - 5/27
June - 6/1 - 6/24
July - 7/6 - 7/29
August - 8/3 - 8/26

Mondays & Thursdays
May - 5/3 - 5/27
June - 6/3 - 6/28
July - 7/8 - 7/29
August - 8/2 - 8/26

Questions or information on Adult Programs, contact Whitney Dorsett at wdorsett@southportland.org.
Monday League - 6/14 - 8/23
Registration Deadline 6/7

Thursday League - 6/3 - 8/12
Registration Deadline May 31


Monday Leagues starts May 10
8 regular season games

Tuesday League starts May 11
8 regular season games

Monday - Thursday 5:30 - 6:00pm tee times
May 31 - July 29
See golf section below for more details

Madden, Fortnite, Super Smash Bros & Rocket League
Summer Season: July 10 - August 14
Full details available June 1

Questions or information on Adult Leagues, contact Whitney Dorsett at wdorsett@southportland.org.
Join us at the community center to enjoy some of our free and or low cost activities. You can drop-in for conversation, coloring, walking, check out an exercise class ($), go for a dip in the pool – (check schedule for times) ($), or enjoy other activities being offered such as games.
You may drop in and leave anytime of your choosing on activity day!
DATES: TUESDAYS, May 11 & 25, June 1 & 29, July 6 & 20 and Aug. 3 & 17
Times for FREE Activities: 
Conversation: 9:00-9:30a.m. (please bring your own beverage for now)
Coloring or activity of your choice: 9:30-10:30a.m.
Indoor or Outdoor Walking: 10:30-11:30a.m.
Lunchtime: 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. (Bring your lunch, enjoy time w/ friends)
Game time: 12:45-1:45p.m.
Times for Low Cost Activities:
Senior Swim 11:00 - 11:45am - $3 Res./$4 Non-Res. (must pre-register)
Vitality T’ai Chi for Seniors: 1:00 - 2:00pm - $5 (must pre-register)
The Senior Wing will be open from 9:00-2:00 for you to enjoy any or all of the above activities. You may also enjoy any activity of your choice in the Senior Wing throughout the day.

Questions on Senior Programs, contact Karla Doyon at kdoyon@southportland.org.
*Limited to 6 participants per trip

Wednesday, 5/12. Wednesday, 7/14 & Tuesday, 8/10

Friday, May 21

Thursday, May 27

Tuesday, June 8

Thursday, June 10

Wednesday, June 30

Monday, July 12

Thursday, July 22

Tuesday, July 27

Monday, August 2

Thursday, August 12

Wednesday, August 18

Various dates
Questions on Senior Trips, contact Karla Doyon at kdoyon@southportland.org.
Wednesdays, May - August

Mondays, 5/3 - 8/23

Thursdays, 5/6 - 8/26

Thursday & Fridays, 5/6 - 8/27

Thursdays, 5/6 - 8/26

Thursdays, 5/6 - 8/26

Sessions in May, June, July & August
Course Info
The course opened for the season on Friday, April 9th. Book a tee time by calling 775-0005. Tee times will be booked in 15 minute intervals.

Before arriving, please visit our website for rates, course info and COVID-19 policies and procedures.

Save $$$ and purchase a 13 Play Pass for only $140.00 before May 31, 2021 and get 3 free plays! After May 31, 10 Play Passes will be available for the same price.
Youth on Course (YOC)
Youth On Course is a non-profit organization dedicated to opening doors, supporting dreams and transforming the lives of young people through opportunities on and off the golf course. The South Portland Municipal Golf Course has partnered with the Maine State Golf Association (MSGA) to deliver affordable and accessible golf and personal growth opportunities to the young people across the state of Maine for only a $5.00 sign up fee.
The partnership opens the door for Maine’s young golfers to access affordable rounds of golf at participating facilities, including Apple Valley Golf Course, JW Parks Golf Course, Barnes Brook Golf Course, Mars Hill Country Club, Turner Highlands Golf Course, Val Halla Golf Course, Riverside Golf Course, Bangor Municipal Golf Course, South Portland Municipal Golf Course, and Dutch Elm Golf Course where rounds will be offered for $5.00 or less. Additional courses will be added in the coming months. Juniors in the state ages 6-18 can sign up for a Youth on Course membership here: www.youthoncourse.org/join. Golfers will also be registered for GHIN to establish or maintain their existing GHIN index number.  
These fun and educational clinics will be taught by Scott E. Mann, 2017 PGA Golf Instructor of the Year and PGA Director of Instruction at The Scott Mann Golf Academy (SMGA). This Program is designed for both boys and girls as an introduction to the wonderful game of golf. This will cater to beginners or as a continued development of fundamentals for the intermediate player. This program is fun and includes games while covering aspects of the game such as, history of the game, basic rules, respect & etiquette, short game fundamentals, full swing fundamentals, on course play and course safety. This is a great program for any and all junior players to learn and improve at the game of golf.
Location: South Portland Municipal Golf Course
Fee: $75.00/$85.00 non-res
Min/Max Per Session: 10/20
Instructor: Scott E. Mann, PGA
Coordinators: Rick Perruzzi & Anthony Johnson

Ages 5-8 Program
Dates: Thursdays, June 24 - July 22
Session 1: 8:30 - 9:30 am
Session 2: 9:45 - 10:45 am

Ages 9-12 Program
Dates: Wednesdays, June 23 - July 21
Session 1: 8:30 - 9:30 am
Session 2: 9:45 - 10:45 am

Please note that time slots may be combined depending on enrollment numbers.  
This summer we are offering a 6 week organized competitive league, which is designed for more experienced junior golfers, entering grades 7-12, who have a good understanding of the game of golf and course etiquette. Each week, players will be grouped together and individual standings will be kept.  The league will finish leading into the 2021 Junior Open, which will be July 30. 

This year, the cost of this league DOES NOT include unlimited play for the 2021 season at South Portland Muncipal. Participants should register for Youth on Course for $5.00.

Dates: June 24 - July 29.
Days: Thursdays
Time: 8:00am - 10:00 am
Grades: Entering 7-12
Location: South Portland Municipal Golf Course
Fee: $30.00/$40.00 non-res
League Instructor: Noah McHugh
Coordinator: Rick Perruzzi
Join us in this fun individual stroke play tournament and put your golf skills to the test! There will be an 18-hole shotgun tournament for boys and girls entering grades 7-12. Prior experience playing golf is strongly recommended to ensure pace of play. Boys and girls will compete separate divisions; all participants will receive a tournament grab bag filled with golf items and awards for the top finishers for boys and girls entering grades 7-12. There will also be raffles for door prizes for participants after the completion of the event. We are also looking for hole sponsors, so if you own or know someone who owns a business and wants to sponsor a hole please contact Rick Perruzzi at eperruzzi@southportland.org.

Registration Deadline is Sunday July 25th.

Date: Friday July 30
Time: 8:00 AM, shotgun start.
Fee: $15.00
Location: South Portland Municipal Golf Course
Coordinator: Rick Perruzzi
Join Scott Mann, PGA Pro and PGA Director of the Scott Mann Golf Academy (SMGA) and start playing and enjoying the great game of golf! Learn swing basics including grip, stance and alignment, followed by an introduction to irons, woods, chipping and putting along with proper golf etiquette. Once the class is complete, you will be ready to schedule your first tee time! Please bring your own equipment.

Cost includes a complimentary pass to play at South Portland Municipal on your own.

Scott Mann is the 2017 PGA Golf Instructor of the year and is also the teaching pro at Spring Meadows Golf Course in Gray.

Note: the last day of lessons will run from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, with the first hour instruction and the second hour on the course.

Dates: Tuesdays, May 11 – June 1(June 8 rain makeup)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm, last clinic will run 5:30-7:30pm
Location: South Portland Municipal Golf Course
Fee: $100.00/$110.00 non-res
Instructor: Scott Mann
Coordinator: Anthony Johnson
Come join our new recreational South Portland adult golf league. The league will consist of 4 to 8 teams. Once a week (Monday - Thursday either 5:30pm, 5:45pm and 6:00pm tee times) each team will play 9 - holes during the week at the South Portland Municipal Golf Course. Teams will be groups of 4. You will not be playing on the course with anyone other than your teammates until the last 2 weeks of play.

Dates: May 31st – July 29, 2021, Once a week Monday - Thursday
Location: South Portland Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times: 5:30pm, 5:45pm or 6:00pm.
  • Teams will choose a day of the week and time for first 5 weeks.
League Cost: $40.00/$50.00 non-res
Coordinator: Whitney Dorsett

Players are responsible to pay their green fees at the pro shop.
1) What does your job entail with South Portland Parks, Recreation & Waterfront? My job as Recreation Manager involves the administration of a wide variety of Recreation Programs, including Summer Rec Camp, Before and Aftercare Programs and Vacation Camps. As a Special Events Manager, I am responsible for planning Winterfest, Holiday Tree Lighting, Summer Concerts at Millcreek Park, Summer Movies at Bug Light Park, and many other community events.  

2)     How did you get started in this field? I started in Recreation while I was in High School and College seasonally working for a private residential camp as a Lifeguard, and eventually Program Director. I came to South Portland after college, and wanting to continue my seasonal summer job in a fulltime year round capacity… where I was hired as a fulltime lifeguard for the South Portland Municipal Pool almost 10 years ago. After many years working in Aquatics as a Lifeguard, Supervisor, and Swim Coach, I moved into my current role dealing with Out of School Programs, and Special Events in 2018.

3)     What do you like most about your job? My favorite part of this job is being able to create a strong bond with the South Portland Community, and the constant change of scenery… we never go more than a a few months without needing to change gears to get ready for the next program coming down the road.

4)     What do you like most about South Portland? My favorite thing about South Portland is the Community. While I have never lived in South Portland, I have always felt at home here, and even though it’s a large city… the people in South Portland still make it feel like a small town where everyone knows everyone.

5)     What is your favorite park in South Portland? Bug Light Park by far… its where all the action is, from great views of Portland Harbor, to epic Sunsets over Portland, to being an awesome venue for many events. Bug Light Park is the place to be during the Summer in South Portland.  

6)     Tell us about a new project or program you are working on? We are currently working with our local partners (South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club and Sponsors) who put on The Annual South Portland Winterfest… which we were unable to host this year… to put on a fun family oriented family picnic and fireworks show at Wainwright Sports Complex to still celebrate our communities this year, event without the snow.  

7)     What do you do for fun? I love spending time with my Wife - Gretchen, Daughter - Addie, and Irish-Doodle – Murphy. I love to ski Sugarloaf during the winter, and spend as much time boating/swimming in Casco Bay as possible during the summer. 

8)     What is your favorite food? Street Tacos - El Rayo, Taco Trio, El Jefe… all are awesome. 

9)     What is your favorite restaurant? Royal River Grill in Yarmouth currently, but ever changing. 

10)  What’s on your song list right now? MLB Radio – YES network… not huge into music, but sports talk radio is always on in my truck. 

11)  What is your favorite sports team? New York Yankees 

12)  What is your favorite sport or activity to play? Skiing in the winter, Open water swimming during the summer. 

13)  What is your favorite hobby? Being out on the Golf Course during the summer, and traveling to fun places during the winter. 

14)  How can people get in touch with you if you have a question? Send me an email – rcarter@southportland.org.
South Portland Parks, Recreation & Waterfront
21 Nelson Road
South Portland, ME 04106