All programs are offered to Franklin Residents on a first come, first serve basis. Franklin Recreation reserves the right to cancel or consolidate any program that does not meet the minimum participant registration numbers. Remember nothing terminates a program faster than waiting until the last minute to register. Avoid disappointment and register promptly.
The Recreation Department is certified by the Criminal History Systems Board (CHSB) to access Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI). This authorization is conferred pursuant to M.G.L c. 6 172H, which mandates organizations primarily engaged in providing activities or programs to children 18 years of age or less, that accept volunteers to obtain all CORI's on volunteers prior to volunteer service. Please visit "Volunteer and Employment Opportunities" for expanded CORI explaination and to print out an application.
We ask all participants to respect the staff, volunteers, coaches, other participants, age requirements, and the equipment we use. Additional rules will be announced at each program. If a participant fails to cooperate with the rules, the Director reserves the right to dismiss or suspend a participant in any program without a refund or fees.
Franklin Recreation is not a day care, after-school care program or babysitting service. Please read and understand the policies. If they are unclear to you, please ask questions. All participants must pre-register for ALL programs. The Recreation Supervisor on duty is solely responsible for the activity taking place. Children should not be left unattended in the building or at the fields at any time. Please be on time dropping off and picking up children from their programs. Failure to do so will result in additional cost penalties or suspension from programming.
Registration for programs will be during the regular operating hours listed in the seasonal brochure that is sent to each Franklin household. Registrations will be accepted until the program is full or 1 week prior to the start date. In some cases, registration will be accepted up till the start of the program. You may register for a program at the Old Town Hall on 150 Emmons Street, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. We are now accepting mail in registration by printing off a copy of our waiver form, and sending a check with the registrants information. All Franklin residents will be given first opportunity to sign up for a program. If a particular program sells out quickly, non-residents may not be allowed to register.
Non-Residents can register for programs for an additional fee pending space available. You must fill out a registration form during the registration times in order to be placed on a waiting list. Program fee plus an addtional non-resident fee will be collected prior to the start of the program should space allow.
Payment is due at the time of registration, check or money order made payable to Town of Franklin. A fee of $35 will be charged for any check returned for insufficient funds. No new registration of programming will be allowed until the $35 fee is paid.
Participants must be of noted age or grade by the first day of the program in which they are enrolled. No acceptions will be made.
No confirmations are sent out!!!!! Please understand that it is the registrants responsibility to know the date, time, and location of any program. A participant is registered only when payment is received, unless the department notifies you otherwise. We will only notify you if there are any problems or changes.
When the Franklin School Department cancels school because of emergencies or weather conditions, all Recreation Department programming wil be cancelled for the entire day. If a storm develops later in the day, please call 520-4909 or visit our website at www.franklin.ma.us/town/recreation and go to News, Cancellations, and Upcoming events for an update.
If space allows and you wish to switch to another program, we will be happy to switch you to that program. However, receipt numbers and participant information must be presented in person at the Community Center.
All programs are refundable within 7 days before the program starts, unless the Recreation Department cancels a program, or you have mailed in a registration and no openings exist. You may request to withdraw from a program in sufficient time (7 days prior), pending that a replacement can be found and no costs have been incurred by the Recreation Department.
The Recreation Department and/or press take pictures and video on occasion of participants for publicity purposes and for local cable. If you don't want to have your child photographed, please let us know ahead of time. Pictures are a nice way to show others what the programs look like.
Children and adults with special needs are encouraged to participate in recreation programs. Staff members are sensitive to your needs and will do everything possible to assist you. If you are interested in participating in a program, but are not sure about the facility, transportation, or wish to discuss program details, please call the Recreation Director, Ryan Jette to ask about specifics. The Town of Franklin is working toward bringing all facilities into compliance with ADA guidelines. For a copy of our ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan, please see Ryan Jette (Director of Recreation & ADA Coordinator).
Please do not bring any valuables, toys, or games to our programs. The Recreation Department is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. To be safe, leave articles or value at home unless necessary for the program. We do not maintain a lost and found for items left at fields and facilities. However, items left at the Community Center are kept in a lost and found box.
In order to keep our parks clean and enjoyable for everyone, please remember if you are a dog owner to keep your dog on a leash and to clean up after your pet. It’s the law in Franklin. The Recreation Department is currently working on the plans for a dog park in town, until then, please respect our field users and leash your pets.
Inability to Pay
It is the policy of the Recreation Department that no resident of the Town shall be refused participation in a program or the use of facilities because of inability to pay. Confidential applications can be made to the Director of Recreation, and if a hardship exists, the applicant may be granted a reduction in fee at the discretion of the Director. Please contact Ryan Jette in writing and include a copy of your most current 1040 tax form or a copy of a public assistance record. Report ALL household income!
Field & Facility Use
To use a field or facility, you must fill out a facility use form at the Community Center and adhere to our field & facility use policies. Community Center use forms can be picked up at 16 East Street, Franklin. A $25 check will need to be issued for the use of the Community Center and a $25 deposit will need to be left in case of room damage. The deposit will be returned if the room is left the way it was found. Permits will be issued prior to date of use. Print a field use form off our website at: www.franklin.ma.us/town/recreation click on “fields & playgrounds”