Kingston kids can get outside this summer with the Neighborhood Parks Program

The ultimate summer vacation experience for kids includes lots of active time in parks, playing and meeting new friends. Photo by Jess Zoerb.

This summer, the YMCA of Eastern Ontario will operate the City of Kingston’s Neighborhood Parks Program.

According to a release from the YMCA, this free drop-in program will offer recreational programming at five local parks for children ages six to 12 Monday through Friday, beginning July 2 and running through August 23, excluding the Civic Holiday on Monday, August 5.

“The Neighborhood Parks program is a great opportunity for kids to spend time outdoors this summer, discover a variety of interesting activities and make new friends – that’s what summer is all about!” said Tony Gargaro, Manager of Recreation Services with the City of Kingston. “We are grateful to the YMCA for their partnership in delivering this exciting program to children across Kingston.”

The five local parks are:

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

The program will be on a rotating schedule as follows:

Chart provided by the YMCA.

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

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

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

More information is available on the City of Kingston website.