Brooklyn Park’s Rec on the Go Shifts Focus
Brooklyn Park’s Rec on the Go program brings fun and games out to kids ages 5-14 every summer.
But, like everything else, this year’s program adjusted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We provide free meals for all young people in the community in the parks that we go to,” explained Laura Stigen, who coordinates Rec on the Go. “Sometimes they are already here waiting on us. Other times we have to tell them we are here. But all week, we have a good [crowd] show up.”
Since June 15, staff have delivered meals to children in the community. Fridays are often the busiest days, with staff members delivering meals to four apartment complexes.
“This program helps out the community a lot, by relieving stress, providing food for families and giving kids something to do, especially over the pandemic,” said Johnny Cheng, one of the staff members.
But the fun can’t stay at bay forever. Starting in July, staff members are adding fun and games back into the mix. They’ll give out art kits with the meals.
Staff member Roiontay Malone can speak to the fun of programming and what it means to kids. He attended programs at Zanewood Recreational Center when he was younger and enjoys giving back as a staff member.
“I think the program means a lot. Some people can’t get out and do recreational sports, so us being here is a big thing,” explains Malone.
To learn more about Brooklyn Park’s recreational programs, click here.