The Canfield Summer Park Program has been set for June 10 through 28 at Greasel Park. The program is for children ages 6 to 12 who live in the city or attend Canfield schools.
According to program chairperson Colette Frazzini, the program has been around for some time.
"It started over 20 years ago as a way to introduce residents to the city's parks," she said.
By holding a children's program, the kids not only get to spend time in the park, but also get to learn about various things in the community like the fire and police departments and the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm.
Frazzini said in the beginning it was only for children who resided in the city. In the fall, when they returned to the classroom, their non-city school mates got to hear of the great time the city kids had, but they couldn't experience. Because of that, the city decided to open the program up to any child 6 to 12 who attends Canfield schools regardless of where they lived.
Frazzini said it took about a month to put the program together. Most of the work involves contacting agencies to put on a display. This year's program will feature the Cardinal Joint Fire District, the Canfield Police Department, the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, and the Canfield Library.
The event will also include outdoor sports, games and crafts, hosted by Frazzini and a group of assistants.
The program is free and the only requirements are to register and bring a sack lunch each day. To register, pick up an application form at Canfield City Hall during regular city office hours, fill it out, and return it by May 31 along with a copy of the child's birth certificate. No applications will be accepted after the May 31 cutoff date.
"We require the birth certificate to cover the legal aspects of the program," Frazzini said.
The preregistration also helps to ensure there are enough assistants for the number of children who attend. Frazzini said there is no minimum number at this time.
The program will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday each week. The children will eat their sack lunches at noon in the park's pavilion.
"This program is paid for by the city, but it is a park department program," Frazzini said.