Registration for Clark Park’s summer activities is currently taking place at the Recreation Center now through Friday from 12 – 7 pm, and there is something for everyone! The season’s programming begins Monday, June 24, ending Friday, August 23. The Park is located at 1130 Clark Street in southwest Detroit. Go to www.clarkparkdetroit.com to download a summer schedule, and visit us on Facebook to share your favorite Clark Park summer story.
“We’re excited about the activities we have planned for the season,” said Center Director Anthony Benavides. “We’ve got everything from the old standbys of baseball, softball, and tennis, to lacrosse.”
Benavides went on to explain that there are classes for those kids that are not into sports, as well. “We are offering a creative writing workshop for aspiring journalists and the opportunity to become junior Clark Park reporters with our new Clark Park Blog,” he said. The creative writing workshop is being taught by 826Michigan staff.
Other activities include arts and crafts classes, along with special workshops with local artists presented by Whitdel Arts on the third Saturday of every month. “Details on the special Saturday classes will be announced separately,” explained Thomas Bell, after-school programming coordinator. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer these creative opportunities in addition to the sports activities this summer,” said Bell. “We’re also offering a Story Hour for the little ones ages 3 – 7, and I plan on reading a lot of Dr. Zeus books this summer!”
A special nutrition class for ages 10 and older is offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. “This is a perfect fit for our popular gardening program,” said Dora Anaya, programming manager. “We look forward to the kids learning how to tend the garden, grow their own vegetables, learn about them in the nutrition class, and ultimately harvesting and eating them. It’s important to us that our youth are physically active and learn about healthy eating.”
Anaya is also in charge of the summer free lunch program. “We typically serve lunches to around 100 youth Monday through Friday,” she said. “We believe it’s very important for all of our youth to get a nutritious lunch every day. We’re offering a walking club for ages five to adult three days a week. We all need to get moving and set a good example for our kids,” she said.