Taking It to the Streets

Cullen Robinson

, Community

City offers many programs to help youngsters stay busy in the summer

Among the many programs offered by Wilmington’s Department of Parks and Recreation are several that offer the city’s youth  opportunities to participate in fun activities throughout the summer—and not all of them actually take place in parks.

For example, the Play Streets program allows kids to engage in games normally played in parks, like jump rope and kickball, in the street. Streets are blocked off for two-hour periods so that children, typically ages 7 to 12, can play and enjoy music in a safe, supervised environment.

The Arts in the Park program, sponsored by the Grand Opera House, exposes kids to all aspects of art in a multitude of ways, including singing, dancing and creating art.

Another summer program is open track runs at Baynard Stadium every Wednesday night. They’re open to the public and anyone can show up and run.

To help youngsters stay cool this summer, the City has five pools open for public use. With three outdoor pools (Eden Park, Foster Brown, and the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Aquatic Center) and two indoor (William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center and P.S. DuPont Middle School),  there are plenty of places to cool off for free during public swim hours.

The city also operates water spray parks, open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations: Woodlawn Park at 4th and Ferris streets; Helen Chambers Park at 6th and Madison streets; Brown Park at 8th Avenue and Duncan Street; Judy Johnson Park at 3rd and Clayton streets; and Mack Park at West 6th Street and North Ford Avenue. The locations allow many residents to walk to the park from their homes and get relief from extreme summer heat.

“These programs help children stay occupied by allowing them to do something productive with their time,” says Program Coordinator Shawn Baker. “Children should be involved in something to better themselves as a person, because idle time leads to problems.”

For more information on Parks and Recreation programs and schedules, visit wilmingtonde.gov or call 576-3810.

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