Community Development Recreation Center
Our mission at the Community Development Recreation Center, otherwise known at CD REC, is to provide year-round recreational, educational and cultural programs for Fall River residents, with a particular emphasis on socio-economically disadvantaged youth. Its goal is to provide a variety of programs ranging from participatory sports and creative classes to educational presentations and theatrical-musical performances for those who could otherwise be unable to afford or participate in these programs.
CD REC is a non-profit recreation/prevention-based program that recognizes that a safe and nurturing environment is necessary for youth to explore their talents and build self-esteem. CD REC works in conjunction with neighborhood associations, community service and health agencies, as well as public and parochial school systems to further expand opportunities for Fall River Youth.
Along with regularly scheduled after school, evening and weekend programs CD REC provides daylong activities for the youth of our community during summer months as well as sports clinics and craft classes during February and April school vacation weeks. Summer events are always very successful and service more than 30,000 residents each year. CD REC also sponsors the Free Summer Lunch Program at six city parks and two school sites. During the summer months over 35,800 lunches are provided to children who access free or reduced lunches during the school year. Many children would not have lunch at all, and for some it is there only nutritious meal of the day.
Programs sponsored by CD REC are free of charge or carry a minimum registration fee. CD Rec strives to meet the ever changing needs of the people it serves.