May 28, 2022

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City to expand summer program with move to Danbury Sports Dome

DANBURY — The city’s summer camp program will be longer, more affordable, and hopefully more exciting this year with a lift from a newly announced partnership with the Danbury Sports Dome.

Citing declining enrollment numbers in recent years, even before COVID-19, Mayor Dean Esposito told City Council members attending a budget workshop earlier this month of the planned partnership that would effectively outsource the programming to the dome.

The Danbury Sports Dome is an indoor multi-sport and special event complex billing itself online as, “the East Coast’s largest domed facility,” according to its website.


“They are looking to move forward to a longer day and more weeks, so it gives those parents an opportunity, and also it gives the children a much better opportunity to be out…,” Mayor Dean Esposito said.

Under the new model, a wider range of activities beyond the sports realm will be offered compared to the city’s previous summer camp iterations, the idea being to make the camp experience out to, “be more than us just basically babysitting them,” said Danbury Finance Director David St. Hilaire.

“The options are there to do all different stuff besides just sports,” the mayor added.

Other changes mean longer days for campers will be offered over a period of seven week-long sessions instead of three, with the indoor facilities provided at the location meaning poor weather won’t cancel a day of camp.