DALLAS — For over 30 years, the borough’s Summer Recreation Program offered fun in the sun to numerous youngsters.
Not this year.
Dallas Borough will not hold its annual Summer Recreation Program at Kenneth Young Memorial Park off Burndale Road, said Borough Manager Tracey Carr.
Instead, the municipality will encourage borough and Dallas Township families to register for Kingston Township’s growing summer program.
“Enrollment has constantly been declining, and the cost benefit is not there,” Carr said, adding many Dallas Borough and Dallas Township children were already attending Kingston Township’s program.
Children have a wide range of programs to chose from during the summer months that include academic and recreational camps. Carr could not specify if that is the reason enrollment decreased.
“It is sad us for us because we had held the program for so long,” she said, noting she remembered attending the summer program as a child.
“Then, it was not as organized. You would sign out a basketball and play basketball,” Carr said.
In 2010, the borough’s summer program had 125 children, Carr said.
Attendance fell steadily before Kingston Township opened its program to the students of the Dallas School District in 2015, Carr said.
By summer 2017, there were about 35 children from Dallas Borough and Dallas Township attending the borough’s program, she said.
Carr recently notified Dallas Township supervisors the Dallas Borough Council decided not to conduct the program but support Kingston Township’s growing children’s summer program.
Last week, Dallas Township supervisors also threw their support behind Kingston Township’s program as well.
“It seems like a really great program for the kids,” Dallas Township Supervisor William Grant said during the municipal meeting on April 3. “It is $100 per child (cost payable by parents or caregivers) for the entire summer. There are field trips. It seems like they keep the kids busy.”
Kingston Township’s 2018 Summer Recreation Program will operate from July 2 to Aug. 24 and is open to children from the municipality, Dallas Borough, Dallas, Franklin and Jackson townships who completed kindergarten up to age 12.
Each participating town will pay a fee based on the number of children accepted, Carr said.
Families and caregivers will also pay a fee, $90 for Kingston Township residents and $100 for residents from other communities, according to the registration form found at www.kingstontownship.com.
Registration for the township’s program will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Center Street Park Pavilion as well as from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 18- 22 at the Kingston Township Administration Office, 180 E. Center St., Shavertown.
The program can only accept 130 children, according to a news release.
Kingston Township has held a summer recreation program for over 50 years, according to a letter from Kathleen J. Sebastian, Kingston Township manager.
The 2018 Kingston Township Summer Recreation Program offers a variety of activities such as sports games, guest speakers, music and arts and crafts, as well as numerous field trips.
Some previous field trips include Knoebel’s in Elysburg, Crystal Cave in Kutztown, Hershey Park in Hershey and Callie’s Candy Kitchen in Mountainhome.
Participating children are advised to bring plenty of fluids to drink throughout the day, a bag lunch, plus morning and afternoon snacks each day.
Kingston Township Summer Recreation Program counselors are required to have Act 33 and 34 state clearance, FBI fingerprint check and be trained in basic first aid.
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