Summer is fast approaching, and my family is counting down the days.
All kids and families throughout Jacksonville should be anticipating the fun of a summer break free from the threats of violence, achievement gaps, and more. That’s why our Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department (JaxParks) offers summer programs to serve youth of all ages in neighborhoods throughout our city.
One such program is Summer Night Lights (SNL). Every Friday and Saturday night from June 15 to Aug. 4, Jacksonville teens ages 13-18 can participate in fun activities including music, dancing, basketball and swimming at select neighborhood parks and pools throughout Jacksonville.
SNL provides youth with a safe, fun environment where they can engage with their peers in a variety of activities. And it utilizes our parks as key resources for building stronger, safer communities.
For younger kids, ages 5-12, JaxParks hosts Rec N’ Roll Jax. From June 4 to August 10, children can enjoy games, enrichment activities, arts & crafts, sports and more at 14 parks throughout the city. Rec N’ Roll is hosted Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
JaxParks also offers a variety of camps and experiences over the summer for youth of all ages. Campers can enjoy nature, team sports, games, art, music, swimming, field trips and more. There are even specialty camps for tennis and surfing. Learn more at the JaxParks Summer Camp page.
We offer these programs to build stronger communities, support families and provide safe places for young people to learn, grow and have fun over the summer months. To learn how to participate, visit JaxParks.com or call 630-CITY (2489).