Summer Playground is an annual sign in Milford that summer is officially underway. The Milford Parks and Recreation program that began as a partnership with the Milford School District in the 1960’s, is aimed to keep students moving as part of a healthy lifestyle initiative.
This program takes place for 5 weeks during the summer at Mispillion Elementary School, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Campers have various activities like board games, indoor bowling, arts and crafts and outdoor games to keep them active.
“Summer Playground keeps kids active, engages their minds and gives them more social experiences,” commented Recreation Superintendent Mary Betts. “The summer months between school can prove to be difficult for families and we provide an active, social environment where they can play with friends.”
Located daily in the Mispillion Elementary School’s gym, cafeteria and playground, the students often go to other locations such as Slaughter Beach, the movie theater and local museums. Hope Mccloskey, a ten-year-old camper currently in her fourth year at Summer Playground, enjoys the weekly trips that the camp takes.
“I like to go swimming, I like that I get to play with my friends all day long,” said Hope. Summer Playground campers visit the pool at Rookery North Golf Course and the Milford Skating Rink each week.
The campers learn life skills like listening and knowing how to interact with others. The staff consists of college and high school students, that many times are a product of the Summer Playground program themselves. Team Leader Tara Holstein, now seventeen-years-old, was a camper from the age of first grade through sixth and is now in charge of a group of campers herself.
“It feels like a family here since many of us , staff and students, have been here for many years,” commented Tara. “I like working directly with the kids and being able to see them grow each year.”
There are still several openings for the last four weeks of Summer Playground. Interested parents are encouraged to visit the City of Milford website at http://cityofmilford.com or call Milford Parks and Recreation at 302-422-1104.