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Sign Up for Fun at Metro Parks Summer Camps

Thursday April 2, 2009

Special thanks go to the Play It Safe In The Sun campaign, brought to you by the Kentucky Cancer Program and The Stan W. Browning Melanoma Cancer Foundation, which is sponsoring a key health initiative during this year's summer camps.

Registration is underway for summer camps at Metro Parks community centers across Louisville. The camps will feature safe, fun and educational programming that allow children to experience sports, arts and nature in a wholesome environment. Camps begin on June 8 and continue through July 31.

“Our summer camps have long been a favorite activity for hundreds of children throughout Louisville,” said Mike Heitz, director of Metro Parks. “Metro Parks gives families an affordable alternative that keeps children busy, teaches them the value of teamwork, and lets them make new friends.”

The camps are geared towards children ages 6-12, except Baxter Community Center, which is hosting a camp for teens ages 13 to 15. Registration is underway now at most community centers. Registration for camp at Sun Valley Community Center begins at 8 a.m. on April 6. Registration at Douglass Community Center begins at 9 a.m. on April 11.

Camps are affordably priced, with none exceeding $90 per week for the 8-week period, with most being in the $35 to $45 range. Parents who are unsure if they can afford the fees are encouraged to apply for a reduced rate, available at most locations for those who demonstrate a financial need. A non-refundable $20 registration fee, to cover processing and t-shirt expenses, is due at the time of registration. Approximately 900 Louisville children attended Metro Parks summer camps at community centers last year.

This year, Metro Parks is emphasizing two themes – environmental education, as part of the City of Parks initiative, and healthy lifestyles, as part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. Additionally, all children participating in summer camps will receive information on skin cancer prevention, through the Play it Safe in the Sun campaign.

For more information on Summer Camps, contact the community center of your choice, or visit here.

Other Metro Parks summer camp opportunities during June and July:

· Locust Grove – woodworking, archaeology, canvas painting and pioneer camps for ages 7 to 14. Call 502/897-9845 or visit www.locustgrove.org.

· Louisville Tennis Center – beginner camps for ages 5-14. Call 502/456-8140 or visit www.metro-parks.org/outdoors/louisvilletenniscenter.

· Jefferson Memorial Forestnature and adventure camps for ages 5 to 15. Call 502/368-5404 or visit www.memorialforest.com.

· Golf Courses – many Metro Parks golf courses are offering summer programs for children. Call 502/456-8134 or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/golf/.