The City of Greensboro is offering a free summer playground program starting on Monday, June 24 that a lot of parents may like as much as the kids do.

The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department’s free summer playground program, “Energy at the Park,” will take place in four neighborhoods from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

The program will run through Thursday, August 8.

Rising first-grade students through 15-year-olds will be able to participate in supervised sports, games, and crafts, as well as enjoy free lunches.

Parents or guardians can register their children at any of the four participating city playgrounds: Hampton Park at 3111 Four Seasons Blvd.; Sussman Street Park at  229 Sussman St.; Maywood Park at 2009 Maywood St.; and Woodmere Park at 2100 Autumn Dr.

The city warns that the programs may not take place on days when there is severe rain or. when it’s incredibly hot.  Parents will be notified in the case of an early closure.

Greensboro’s Parks and Recreation Department operates the Energy at the Park program.

City officials describe the program as “education, nutrition, exercise, recreation, and games for youth,” and they state that the goal is “to provide children ages 5-15 (five-year-olds must have completed kindergarten to participate) with a location within their neighborhood to participate in active and passive activities during the day.”

 The kids are, of course, supervised while they play. Parks department staff will keep an eye on them during posted hours.

Energy in the Park will not take place on July 4, since that’s a City of Greensboro holiday.  You and your family will have to create your own energy that day.

To register, simply bring your child to the park on the first day of attendance and fill out a participant information form.  You’ll also need to provide staff with emergency contacts.

Lunch is provided, free of charge, on site thanks to the Guilford County Schools Summer Feeding Program.

“We strive to provide quality summer programming for the youth of Greensboro,” parks officials state.  “Our goal is for every child to leave the program with new skills, interests, friends, and life lessons.

They also want you to know that you can check out other summer camps offered by the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department as well

If you’d like more information on any of the above,  you can visit the city’s Parks and Recreation website or call Mel Melton at 336-373-7502.