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Hyannis Youth & Community Center - June 3-9

The Kennedy Rink will be back on line next week after some extensive work on the refrigeration plant to get the ice making system optimally efficient in time for the busy summer season!  There are a number of hockey clinics and camps for all ages and a high school league that begins the last week of June, running through mid-August.  For more information about all of the summer sports leagues, camps and clinics taking place in the Rinks and Gymnasium, please visit  this page on the web site.

A schedule that can be easily downloaded for next week's public activities and events at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center can be found here.  With lots of public skating and open gym times scheduled each day, there is sure to be something for everyone in the whole family to enjoy!  Although fees for public skating and skate rentals are separate from the affordable HYCC Membership program, did you know when you sign up for your annual membership, you will receive coupons good for free admission to two public skating sessions and one that is good for a guest pass or public skating session?  That's enough to cover the cost of your $20 membership...what a bargain!  Non-Residents pay just $40/year to be a member.  A list of member benefits and guidelines can be found here.

SAVE THE DATES!  On Friday night, June 15, 2018 the Annual Father / Daughter Dance will take place in the Gymnasium from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  This year's luau theme is sure to be a lot of fun!  Children and their adult companion can purchase their tickets at the door.  The fee is $20/couple and $5 for each additional child.  All children will receive a lei necklace, refreshments, games with prizes and dancing to music with a live deejay.  During the evening everyone will have a photo opportunity with their adult companion to commemorate the event.  Questions? Call George Noonan at 508-790-6345 x127.

On Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the annual Bike Rodeo will take place in the parking lot outside the Hyannis Youth & Community Center.  There is no rain date so the event will be cancelled should there be inclement weather (annoucnements will be made on the HYCC Facebook page and web site.  Along with the beloved obstacle course, there will be bicycle safety inspections thanks to Sea Sports and appearances by members of the Barnstable Police and Hyannis Fire Departments with fun games with prizes from local businesses and more!  Admission is free!  At the same time that day, inside the Hyannis Youth & Community Center a kickoff event for the "Summer Eats" free meals program for youths age 1-18 will take place (rain or shine).  The HYCC and Barnstable Recreation Division, in conjunction with St. Mary's Church, the YMCA of Cape Cod, the Dennis-Yarmouth School District and the Church of the Holy Spirit will be on hand with information about all of their local free "Summer Eats" Food Program locations as well as giving out free lunches and family friendly activities.  Lunches will be served starting at 11:45 AM.  Questions about the Bike Rodeo can be directed to Geroge Noonan at 508-790-6345 x127 or [email protected].  More information about the "Summer Eats" program can be found by calling Mark Boardley at 508-790-6345 x116 or email him at [email protected].

Don't forget to check the calendar on the web site for all the scheduled activities at various buildings and locations around town!  The Hyannis Youth & Community Center is owned by the Town of Barnstable and operated by the Recreation Division of the Community Services Department.


HYCC Week of May 27 - June 2

A sure sign that summer is almost here: beach parking permits ("beach stickers") are on sale in the Main Lobby at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center!  Permits are required year-round for each vehicle that parks at both resident and public municipal beach lots.  The beaches will be fully staffed beginning June 23, 2018.  

REMINDER:  the HYCC will be closed on Monday, May 28th in recognition of the Memorial Day Holiday, but beach stickers will be available for sale from 9:00 AM to Noon in the Main Lobby.  For more information abot the required documentation needed and to download a form that you can bring with you, please visit this page.

Summer program registration is available for all residents and non-residents.  There are a few programs that are now full but there are so many more to choose from! There are still some spots available for kids in grades 1-5 at the Barnstable High School site (with free breakfast and lunch) and at the Barnstable United Elementary School site for the 2018 Summer Leisure Program which runs July 2– August 17 Monday - Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.  The program fee is only $850 for Barnstable Residents and kids enjoy weekly field trips and supervised fun with their peers!  Other programs include swim lessons, sailing, science, youth police academy, baking, street hockey, yoga, skating lessons, gymnastics, dance and more!  You can look at the brochure and register online anytime or in person at the HYCC during business hours Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.  If you have questions or need assistance please call us at 508-790-6345.  For those with returning school-age children, please be sure and review your household account and verify the information is correct, particularly with regard to your children's grade in school as this often affects your ability to register the children in age appropriate programs.  If there are changes that need to be made, you must contact our office at 508-790-6345 before registering for certain programs.

The popular High School Summer Sports Leagues at the HYCC are again shaping into form with some exciting teams that will represent every corner of the Cape and beyond!  Athletes will compete in boys and girls basketball and hockey leagues as well girls volleyball in various divisions broken down into age groups and skill levels.  If you have a team you would like to submit, or if you are an individual player that would like to be added to a team roster, please visit this HYCC web page for more information about who to contact; or you can always call us at 508-790-6345.  Admission to the games is free and spectators are always welcome!  Play-offs and Championship games at the end of the summer are always exciting!

There are plenty of activities with drop-in family fun that everyone can enjoy, both indoors and out!  At the HYCC, there are public skating sessions nearly every day, along with specialized times for figure skaters and hockey players to practice their skills.  Open gym time and a three-lane walking track, a game room and computer lab can be accessed with an annual HYCC Membership or a $5 Day Pass, available from any staff member. Check out the weekly schedule for all the indoor fun here or to plan ahead, visit the website calendar and click on the date you'll be in Hyannis.  Outside, there is a playground, the Barnstable Skate Park, which is open and staffed Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays and rainy days), as well as basketball courts next to the new "Little Fenway" baseball complex.  For information about details and availability to rent any town-owned fields, buildings and recreational sites, please visit this page. 

The Hyannis Youth & Community Center is owned and operated by the Town of Barnstable.  Be sure and check the website and look for us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and all the latest news!



Hyannis Youth & Community Center - May 13-19

On Monday, the HYCC will re-open after some extensive maintenance work!  The schedule for the week of public activities can be found here! The Youth Center, Gymnasium and Walking Track will be open but pickleball will not meet on Monday and Friday.  Public skating and Walk-On Freestyle skating time will take place in the Butler Rink but there is no hockey stick practice scheduled until Sunday, May 20th.  To see a full list of Barnstable Recreation activities and programs scheduled, please click here

Come by on Friday, May 18th from 6-8 PM for Open House!  There will be free admission for public skating and memberships/day pass requirements for entry into the youth center, including the gymnasium, game room and walking track will be waived!  Staff will be on hand to give tours of the entire facility.  Check out the newly finished floors in the lobby, youth center, locker rooms and concourse areas as well as the Gymnasium and Walking Track!  Work on the Kennedy Rink is still in progress and you’ll be able to peek through the windows to see what’s under the ice!

Barnstable Skate Park Competition - Sat. May 12th @ Noon

This Saturday, May 12th at Noon!  The Barnstable Recreation Division presents its annual Skate Park Competition outside the Hyannis Youth & Community Center on 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.  Entry Fee is just $5 and prizes will be awarded to each age group in skateboard, bmx and scooter categories.  Through the generosity and support of local business owner Lou Nickinello, new ramps and rails were added to the Park and the Town of Barnstable's Department of Public Works repaired and painted the California-style bowls and other areas where it was needed.  There will be a short ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon to acknowledge all of the staff and community members that helped with the repairs and updated equipment, followed immediately by the competition and a cookout with support from Stop 'n Shop, Cape Cod Potato Chips and Coca Cola Bottling Company of Cape Cod.

The Skate Park is operated and staffed by the Town of Barnstable's Recreation Division of the Community Services Department.  It is open seasonally from April through November Tuesday-Sunday (Closed on Mondays and during inclement weather).  Hours vary and are extended during school vacations.  Admission is free and helmets are required.  Helmets and other protective gear are available for rent at the Skate Shack located in the park.  For more information call 508-790-6345 or visit www.townofbarnstable.us/recreation.


Hyannis Youth & Community Center Update

The Hyannis Youth & Community Center will be closed for maintenance April 29 - May 13, 2018.  The Main Lobby will re-open for the sale of Beach Parking Permits starting on May 8th.  For more information about Beach Parking Permits, click here

For public safety reasons, access to the building is restricted to employees only during this time.  However, the business offices can be reached at 508-790-6345 or email during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM).  You may also register for programs, find out about permitting one of the town's buildings, contact information and more information at www.townofbarnstable.us/recreation.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming everyone back for an Open House on May 18th from 6-8 PM when admission for public skating will be free and HYCC Memberships and Day Pass requirements for access to the Youth Center, including the Game Room, Computer Lab, Gymnasium and Walking Track will be waived!  The Scudder Family Cafe operated by the Casual Gourmet and the BYHA Pro Shop will also be open!  Recreation Staff will be on hand to offer tours of the facility and you can see the work in progress since the Kennedy Rink is expected to be near the completion of its more extensive maintenance schedule.  We hope to see you there!


HYCC Week of April 22-28

Next week there will be plenty of activity at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center with after school and weekend activities, skating lessons and more, culminating in the Festival of Museums on Saturday, April 28th!  Check out the HYCC's weekly schedule here. The newly renovated Barnstable Skate Park is now open Tuesday-Friday 3-8 PM and weekends 12-8PM (closed Monday and rainy days) and we are excited about the Annual BSP Comp & Celebration scheduled for Saturday, May 12th starting at Noon!  Entry fee is just $5 and prizes will be awarded for each age group and category.  Call Melanie with questions at 508-790-6345 x129.

HYANNIS YOUTH & COMMUNITY CENTER WILL BE CLOSED APR. 29-MAY 13 FOR MAINTENANCE.  Business Offices will be open but please call 508-790-6345 to speak with a staff member for any business related needs since the building will not be accessible to the public. The Main Lobby will re-open on May 7th for Beach Parking Permit Sales. An Open House is planned for Friday, May 18th from 6-8 PM with free public skating and open gym.


For more information about all of the programs, events and activities the Town of Barnstbale offers, please visit www.townofbarnstable.us/recreation


Hyannis Youth & Community Center - April 8-14

Spring has sprung at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center! Now that the winter sports teams have finished their seasons, we have a few moments to take a breath and do some spring cleaning!  For the first time in the nine years the building has been open, our hardworking team of maintenance professionals are planning to shut down the entire facility from April 29th - May 13th with work to include, but not be limited to, locker rooms, both ice rinks and the main lobby.  Starting on May 7th, the Main Lobby will reopen to accommodate Beach Parking Permit sales which will begin that day and continue throughout the summer Monday - Saturday 9AM-4PM; Sunday & Holidays 9AM-12PM.  An Open House is planned for Friday, May 18th from 6-8PM when we will offer free admission for Public Skating and Open Gym/Game Room.  The Scudder Family Cafe operated by the Casual Gourmet will be open for business as well as the new Barnstable Youth Hockey Pro Shop.  All are welcome to come and enjoy the results of our rejuvenation project!

In the meantime, next week's schedule for public activities can be found here

Tomorrow, we look forward to seeing our HYCC Skating School participants show off the skills they have improved upon throughout the year.  The theme for the annual skating show is "Peace, Love, Dance on Ice" and will include skaters of all ages and abilities performing to music set to the theme; all are sure to enjoy this beloved event.  Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted and help to cover the cost of props and costumes.  There is space available in all of the classes for the spring session of HYCC Skating School.  For more information, and to register for any program online, please visit the web site.

Hyannis Youth & Community Center Skating School Spring Show is this Saturday, April 7th at 1:00 PM

"Peace, Love, Dance on Ice" is this year's theme for the annual skating show that offer the participants in the HYCC Skating School an opportunity to show their families and friends all the skills they've improved upon throughout the year-round program.  Students from tots to adults will present their programs set to music that all will enjoy!  Admission is free, but all donations are gratefully accepted and help to cover the cost of props and costumes.

Hyannis Youth & Community Center - April 1-7

The Hyannis Youth & Community Center offers all kinds of affordable activities for the whole family to enjoy!  Public skating sessions are offered almost every day and the Gymnasium offers scheduled times for age appropriate play, supervised by our professional staff!  There are multi-purpose rooms available that businesses or individuals can rent for meetings or birthday parties, a pro shop with all your hockey needs and the Casual Gourmet runs the Scudder Family Cafe with lots of delicious options for your hungry belly!  Annual memberships are just $20 for Barnstable Residents ($40 for non-residents) and daily guest passes can be purchased for just $5.  Come and see what it's all about!

Check out the weekly schedule of drop-in programs here.

For more information and to register for programs, visit the web site at townofbarnstable.us/hycc

2nd Annual Ready, Set, Work! Job Fair a Success

On Tuesday, March 27th, the Barnstable Youth Commission‘s 2nd Annual Youth Job Fair was a big success drawing 136 students from Plymouth to Eastham (and one student from Lawrence!). Young people between the ages of 14-18 were encouraged to stop by and visit with employers who were ready to hire eager young workers.  Warren Rutherford from the Executive Suite was on hand to help them prepare to ask questions about how to get a work permit, practice interviewing and getting familiar with the process of getting their first job.  The Y Achievers program (Molly Sproul, Lt. Jean Challies and Tatiana) added a new component in helping the applicants learn the proper way to write thank you notes for their interviews.  Thank you to the participating businesses: Barnstable Recreation; Ben & Jerry’s; BJ’s Wholesale Club; Cape Cod Times; Cape Wildlife Center; Catania Hospitality including - Cape Codder Resort, Daniel Webster Inn, Hearth & Kettle, and John Carver Inn;  Capt’n Frosty’s;  Chik-Fil-A; The Club at New Seabury; Kandy Korner; Katie’s Ice Cream;  Polar Cave Ice Cream; Ryan Amusements; Stop ‘n Shop; and YMCA of Cape Cod.