Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation kicks off summer program

The Oklahoma Parks and Recreation Department is offering its 19th annual Play in the Park program June 11 through July 20 at area park locations. The program is available for children ages 6 and older and offers supervised activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BY OLIVIA INGLE oingle@opubco.com Modified: June 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm •  Published: June 2, 2012
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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.



AT A GLANCE

Play in the Park locations

Capitol Hill Park: 3618 S Robinson Ave.

Columbus School: 2402 S Pennsylvania Ave.

Douglass Park/Sprayground: 900 N Douglass Ave.

E.B. Jeffrey Park/Sprayground: 4432 NW 16.

Harvest Hills Park/Sprayground: 8235 NW 104.

Hefner Park: 3301 NW Grand Blvd.

Lippert Park/Sprayground: 5500 S Shartel Ave.

Macklanburg Park: 2234 NW 117.

McCracken Park/Sprayground: 425 SE 64.

McKinley Park/Sprayground: 1300 N McKinley Ave.

Melrose Park/Sprayground: 7800 Melrose Lane.

Memorial Park/Sprayground: 1150 NW 36.

Minnis Lakeview Park/Sprayground: 12520 NE 36.

Northeast Park: 1300 NE 33.

North Highland Park/Sprayground: 8200 N Harvey Ave.

Pilot Park: 1435 NW 2.

Pitts Park: 1920 N Kate Ave.

Reed Park/Sprayground: 1217 N May Ave.

Schilling Park/Sprayground: 537 SE 25.

Sellers Park/Sprayground: 8301 S Villa Ave.

Taylor Park/Sprayground: 1115 SW 70.

Wiley Post Park/Sprayground: 1700 S Robinson Ave.

Will Rogers Park South Shelter: 3400 NW 36.

Woodson Park Event Center: 3401 S May Ave.

Youngs Park/Sprayground: 4510 S Youngs Blvd.

TO LEARN MORE

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 297-2211 or go to www.okc.gov/parks.

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