There are so many summer memories to be made at camp. What could be better than kids being outside, being active and making friends? Centre Region Parks and Recreation is bringing that experience to kids at parks around the region this summer with its new Rec On The Go! mobile recreation truck.
So kids and parents alike be on the lookout this summer because the Rec On The Go! truck will be pulling up to many parks in the Centre Region. Staff will be on hand to lead kids through activities and the truck will be filled with just about every type of recreation equipment that they could fit inside it, said Beth Lee, CRPR recreation supervisor. The goal of the program is to get kids out of the house by providing them with a wide variety of recreation activities at parks near their homes.
The low-cost program will take place at neighborhood parks throughout the region and will be staffed by parks and recreation personnel who will lead activities, create the fun and help kids make strong memories over the summer. Activities may include organized field games such as capture the flag, parachute games, gaga ball, table games, sidewalk chalk and arts and crafts that are geared for children aged 8 to 12.
CRPR got the idea for a mobile recreation truck from a conference in New Orleans a couple years ago. It learned about a program in Baton Rouge called Rec On the Geaux, that brings recreation to different wards that were impacted after Hurricane Katrina.
“They outfitted a truck and they took rec on the road,” said Lee. “They took it to schools, they took it to parks and difference places.”
She said playground programs that used to be a staple of kids’ lives are less common.
“Kids used to be able to just walk their way down to the playground, sign themselves in and spend a couple hours doing arts and crafts and doing games and activities,” said Lee. “We see this as an option to try and get back to that kind of idea.”
She said the program is set up to be a spot where kids can be for a few hours every day, being active and outside. Lee said they chose parks in the area that may have been underserved in the past, to make access available to as many kids as possible.
Lee said the program is perfect for kids who are at home with caregivers all summer, but could use a few hours every day to get out and have some organized recreation. Rec on the Go! also serves as an option for families that otherwise would not be able to afford a summer program to keep kids active.
The program will run from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The truck will rotate through five different parks during the week. It will be at Woodycrest Park on Mondays, Autumnwood Park on Tuesdays, Penn Hill Park on Wednesdays, Fasick Park on Thursdays and Orchard Park on Fridays. Rec On the Go! runs from June 17 to Aug. 16.
Parents can register their kids for the program for a single week or for the whole summer at the CRPR website www.crpr.org/rec-go-new. Once they are signed up kids can come and sign themselves into the program, or parents can drop them off as well.
Beside the day camp type program, CRPR plans to use the truck for family games nights once a week during the summer at different park all summer long. More information on that will be available on the website soon.