The City of Gahanna Parks and Recreation Department has announced details for their updated Summer Youth Programming. In the midst of the coronavirus public health concern, new operational mandates for day camp programming were announced by Governor DeWine last month. Many of those mandates significantly impacted the ability to offer typical day camp activities, field trips and group events.
Parks and Recreation Director, Stephania Bernard-Ferrell, said their team has been working hard to provide fun learning opportunities, despite restrictive mandates. “Our team shifted their focus and have been creative by providing virtual recreation activities, adapting programming to provide safe learning and exploration, and implementing a meal program for our senior residents. We are always looking for ways to stay engaged with our residents and hope that through these efforts, our community members will be able to enjoy their summer just as they normally would.”
Sarah Mill, Recreation Supervisor with Gahanna Parks and Recreation Department, said their team has been focused on offering interactive programming, despite many physical limitations. “Summer may look different this year, but our Recreation Team has been hard at work to ensure that fun memories will be made, and our Parks will be used for the purpose intended — to get outside, and enjoy nature during the warmest months of the year.”
Stephania Bernard-Ferrell stated the programs will begin July 6. Registration will be open starting June 10 for portable “camp crates,” which offer activities for families and children wanting to experience new programming while staying at home, and June 15 for part-day enrichment experiences, and virtual programming options.
“You’ll see some of our favorite summer activities like nature exploring, games, arts & crafts, and much more,” added Sarah Mill. “We’re working to bring interactive, online courses and summer camps with STEM, arts education & sports programming to the Gahanna community.” For additional details and to register for programs, please visit ExploreGahannaParks.com