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Free and low-cost programs provide supervised fun

Milwaukee Recreation is celebrating its 100th summer of providing the city’s youth with safe, supervised recreation and enrichment activities. Many of the programs are free or low-cost, giving children a better alternative to “hanging out” on the streets. These summer programs are listed in Milwaukee Recreation’s Summer 2011 Activity Guide, which was mailed to every city of Milwaukee household. The activities are also listed at Spaces are still available for many classes and activities. The public is invited to call (414) 475-8811 for details. Media representatives are encouraged to highlight these programs in an effort to direct children toward positive summer activities.

Milwaukee Recreation coordinates Summer Stars, the evening recreation program for teens. Free for youth between the ages of 13 and 17, Summer Stars will be open from 6-9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday from June 21 through August 11. Activities include sports leagues, enrichment classes, field trips, swimming, video games, weight training, teen chat, computer classes, and organized games. Summer Stars will be held at the following community centers: North Division (1011 W. Center St.), South Division (1515 W. Lapham Blvd.), and Washington (2525 N. Sherman Blvd.). For more information, see the inside front cover of the Summer Activity Guide or call (414) 475-8811.

Milwaukee Recreation’s free summer playgrounds will open June 20 for youth ages 5-17. The playgrounds provide supervised activities, including kickball, dodgeball, box hockey, champ bowling, basketball, field trips, craft projects, and more. Many playgrounds are also free lunch sites. On days when the temperature exceeds 85 degrees, the city of Milwaukee connects industrial-strength sprinklers to several playground fire hydrants to create Cool Spots. For more information, see page 24 of the Summer Activity Guide or call (414) 475-8811.

In addition to the free programs listed above, Milwaukee Recreation offers a wide assortment of low-cost activities. Popular programs include swim lessons, sports camps, art workshops, music, dancing, cheerleading, cooking, outdoor education, Summer Recreation Enrichment Camps (SREC), and Community Learning Centers. Every activity is carefully supervised and designed to allow youth to learn and grow in a safe, respectful environment. Everyone is welcome to participate, and accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities.

Milwaukee Recreation is a department of Milwaukee Public Schools, established in 1911 to provide the entire community with affordable and enriching recreational activities. Throughout 2011, Milwaukee Recreation will celebrate a century of service by posting archival photos, films, stories, and games at

For more information, contact Brian Hoffer at (414) 475-8938.

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