Kingston kids can get outside this summer with Neighbourhood Parks Program

The quintessential summer holiday experience for kids involves plenty of active time in parks, playing and meeting new friends. Photo by Jess Zoerb.

This summer, the YMCA of Eastern Ontario will be operating the City of Kingston’s Neighbourhood Parks Program.

According to a release from the YMCA, this free, drop-in program offers recreational programming at five local parks for children aged six to 12 from Mondays to Fridays, beginning on July 2 and running to August 23, with the exception of the Civic Holiday on Monday, August 5.

“The Neighbourhood Parks program is a great opportunity for children to spend time outdoors this summer, exploring a variety of interesting activities and making new friends—it’s what summer is all about!” said Tony Gargaro, manager of Recreation Services at the City of Kingston. “We are grateful to the YMCA for their partnership in delivering this exciting program to children all over Kingston.”

The five local parks are:

  • West Park – 1250 Acadia Dr.
  • Cataraqui Woods Park – 805 Cataraqui Woods Dr.
  • Polson Park – 153 Robert Wallace Dr.
  • Lake Ontario Park – 920 King St. W.
  • Jim Beattie Park – 930 Henderson Blvd.

The program will be a rotating schedule as follows:

Chart provided by the YMCA.

The YMCA noted that recreational programming may include active games, crafts, circle games or the use of equipment/supplies. This outdoor programming is weather-dependent and the YMCA said it will not run during inclement weather (e.g. rain, thunder, lightning, heat or smog/smoke warnings).

“We welcome the opportunity to further strengthen our partnership with the City of Kingston by running the Neighbourhood Parks Program. This is a terrific program for city residents and is a natural complement to our existing youth programs,” said Rob Adams, CEO of YMCA of Eastern Ontario.

“The Y’s experience runs deep with programs for youth from our academic suspension programs to youth recreation and summer camps to childcare. We are looking forward to providing fun activities for kids across the city!”

More information is available on the City of Kingston’s website.

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