‘Heroes’ jump into summer action

Photo by James Mitchell. Jake Rogers, 9, jumps into the fun during a “Superheroes Week” sack race at Memorial Park in Lincoln Park. The four-day session last week was the first of seven themed summer-camp activities hosted by Lincoln Park Parks and Recreation.

Photo by James Mitchell. Jake Rogers, 9, jumps into the fun during a “Superheroes Week” sack race at Memorial Park in Lincoln Park. The four-day session last week was the first of seven themed summer-camp activities hosted by Lincoln Park Parks and Recreation.

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – “We wore them out on Monday,” Parks and Recreation Coordinator Maureen Tobin said of opening day of “Superheroes Week,” the first of seven four-day sessions of summer fun at the Lincoln Park Bandshell in Memorial Park.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. about 20 children participated in a variety of activities including kickball, dodge ball, crafts and other games. Tobin said the program – the first of its kind sponsored by the city in more than a decade – features weekly themes including pre-Fourth of July with patriotic games, Kite Week, Art in the Park, Animal Week, Theater Chaos, and Bicycle Week.

“The kids are loving it,” Tobin said. “They’re playing kickball, doing crafts and having fun. It’s a good program.”

Registration costs $20 per session for residents; $25 for non-residents, and is limited to 50 youngsters per week. Along with “Fun Experts” from the Parks and Recreation Department, Tobin said the programs are supervised and assisted by a variety of adults including officers from the Police and Fire departments.

Tobin said the youth activities program is among a number of programs launched this year by the Parks and Recreation Department, to include Zumba fitness classes for adults and a summer concert series at the recently-restored bandshell.

For information on Summer Time Fun enrollment call 313-386-1817. For a complete schedule of concerts and other activities go to www.citylp.com of follow the Recreation Department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LPParksandRecreation.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)