In a meeting Tuesday between Milford Recreation, the Health Department and Milford Public Schools to , a plan was worked out in which Summer Playground programs will have access to "cooling rooms" at the six Milford grammar schools (, , , , and ).
There are logistics that need to be managed involving ongoing Board of Education program and construction projects that are no-going at the schools.
In an email, Milford Director of Recreation Paul Piscitelli noted, "The Recreation Department is exploring other modifications to its programs for this year and for future years to be better prepared for these instances of high heat."
What Do Milford Patch Users Have to Say?
Addressing the question of how this heat wave's been handled, Milford Patch user reaction has been mixed. Joseph Pugh wrote: "Kids these days are all so coddled that they can't function as adults."
Carol Maurati added, "Smart move. There is very little shade and NO shelter. Not safe for the children."
Jennifer Edwards Wittmean countered that point: "U pay for what u get-the YMCA isn't cheap, but at least they will take the kids inside if need be-No Cancellations!!!"
, Piscitelli wrote, "Childhood obesity is a nationwide problem affecting 17% of our nation’s population, triple the rate of one generation ago. Milford is not immune to this problem."
Piscitelli went on to note, "Statistics show that children with special health concerns (weight, asthma, etc.) are at a greater risk during periods of extreme heat. The Recreation Department recognizes this risk and is taking the proper steps to ensure all children have a safe and enjoyable summer."