MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - An uptick in summer violence is often linked to kids out of school with nothing to do. So this year the city of Memphis is pushing hard to slash the statistics, with everything free summer camps to youth jobs, and now the "Play Your Parks" program.
City leaders spoke on the importance of the new initiative Friday.
“We found kids that come to our community centers as safe havens, and so now we're providing parks as safe havens, so if they cannot get to a community center, they can come to a park and enjoy fun and wholesome games and activities all day and stay out of trouble,” said Youth & Family Services Administrator Angela Hill.
Ten parks are providing various games and activities like dodgeball, relay races, and frisbee, plus free lunch. All your child has to do is show up and sign in.
Ten more parks will join in the coming weeks. CLICK HERE for a full list.