Clarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department Summer Youth Program will begin June 6th with the opening of program sites and will end July 15th.
The Summer Youth Program is a six-week day camp-type program that is offered each summer to youths, ages 6-16. Gyms at various locations are staffed with directors and assistants, who will help with playtime activities and provide free, instructional classes such as dance and karate.
Parents can register their children for gymnastics and karate classes onsite during the first day of the Summer Youth Program. Gymnastic classes are taught by skilled gymnasts and provide participants with a firm understanding of the fundamentals of gymnastics. Karate is instructed by trained individuals, who will present instruction to the kids in a fun, yet disciplined manner. Youth are sure to have fun and enjoy these classes that are offered free of charge.
School gymnasiums are modified to a “community center” setting with daily table games, tournaments, arts and crafts, and special activities. Parents will be able to register their children the first day of attendance. Parental permission is required for participation in the Summer Youth Program.
Burt-Cobb Community Center, Crow Community Center, and Kleeman Community Center are Summer Program sites as well as Barksdale, Burt, West Creek, Hazelwood, Minglewood, St. Bethlehem, Woodlawn and Byrns Darden elementary schools. The Housing Authority also will provide sites at Summit Heights and Caldwell Lane for the program. Caldwell Lane will be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm Monday through Friday. All other sites are open 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday. Children must be picked up prior to closing. Program sites will be closed on July 4th in observance of Independence Day.
This year, children ages 6-12 will enjoy our “Explorer” sites, while teens 13-16 will have their very own site for teens only at New Providence Middle School called the “Rec-ing Crew” site. Parents of Summer Youth Program participants ages 13-16 must register their teen at the Rec-ing Crew site.
The Summer Youth Program participates in the USDA Summer Lunch Program, which provides each child attending the program a nutritious lunch daily and free of charge.
Youth enrolled in the Summer Youth Program can participate in free swim days that are offered each Friday during the program. Each site has a designated a pool where children can swim free for two hours each Friday morning. Details for free swimming will be available at each site. There is no charge for this activity, but free swim does require parent’s permission. Transportation to the pool is provided from the gym sites.
In addition to the fun gym activities and no-charge swimming, a six-week tennis instruction session is offered. Pre-registration and parent’s permission is required. The sessions begin June 6th and you can pre-register at the Swan Lake Tennis Complex from 9:00am-11:00am on June 1st.
Another program offered in which pre-registration is a requirement, is the six-week theatre workshop offered by The Roxy Regional Theatre. Beginning June 6th, young people will learn the fundamentals of acting and even participate in a theatre performance on July 14th at the Roxy from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The program is offered to ages 10-16. Program spaces are limited, so hurry in to register. Registration will require a $30.00 fee, which can be paid at the Parks and Recreation Office beginning the week of May 31st. You may register anytime after June 6th, but the fee remains the same.
After last year’s popularity, an Archery class will once again be offered from 9:00am to 11:00am June 20th to June 24th for ages 10-16 at Billy Dunlop Park. The cost for the week-long class is $10.00 per person.
Registration for the Summer Youth Program begins at the Community Centers on June 1st. All other sites, including the Rec-ing Crew site, will open for registration the first day of the program, June 6th.
For more details on the Summer Youth Program or other programs, please contact the Clarksville Parks and Recreation at 931-645-7476 or visit www.cityofclarksville.com.