The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department's 19th annual Play in the Park program starts June 11 and runs through July 20 at 25 park locations.
The program is open to children 6 and older and offers supervised activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Activities include games, sports, arts, crafts, themed programming and field trips.
Parks and Recreation Director Wendel Whisenhunt said Play in the Park remains the core of the department's summer programming.
“As a free program, it provides countless children the opportunity to participate in structured summer activities in a safe, supervised environment,” Whisenhunt said.
The program is sponsored by a partnership between OKC Parks and Recreation and other entities within the city. Parents must register children on-site.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma offers free breakfast and lunch at some sites.
Creative, educational activities
The Play in the Park program began in 1993 with the goal of involving youths in creative and educational activities during the summer.
The program had more than 63,000 participants last summer. Parks and Recreation Department spokeswoman Jennifer McClintock said the department is anticipating a larger turnout this year.
“As long as the weather holds and doesn't get as hot, we'll have really good attendance,” McClintock said.
While she said attendance usually tapers off as children reach their teenage years, participants range from ages 6 to 16. She said participants may attend Play in the Park as little or as often as they like.
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