The sun has set on Swift Current summer parks programs and it's time to reflect on the summer of fun that families and kids have been able to enjoy and look forward to what the next season has to bring.

The programs included were Parks Play for ages six to 11 and the Zone Program for ages 11 to 14. Some of the more popular events included the Kick-off to Summer, YouthFest, iSplash, and the Kiwanis Coin Carnival.  

Community Events Coordinator for the City of Swift Current, Krista Caswell has been at the parks for much of this excitement. 

Krista Caswell, community events coordinator for the City of Swift Current. (photo by Hayden Michaels)Krista Caswell, community events coordinator for the City of Swift Current. (photo by Hayden Michaels)

“Comments from our program parents are always pretty positive,” stated Caswell. “They love knowing that they could drop off their kids at Parks Play and that they're having fun and they're safe while they can go to work. Overall, everyone's pretty appreciative of what we offer for our community.” 

Over 800 kids were able to participate in the programs, making for a very busy year of games, learning, and friendships. To help keep the kids safe and entertained, Caswell employs multiple university students who might have a future career working with children. 

“We have about eight members who are summer students on our programming team, some of them are going into education, the recreation field, or nursing, so it's always great to have them be a part of our team to inspire the children in our community," she added. 

From June to August, all of the combined events saw about 1600 community members come out and enjoy the well-manicured parks.  The community services and summer programs are funded by grants and sponsorship from the community, and the generosity is evident in the organization and quality of the programs. 

Just because summer has ended doesn't mean the programming ends, Active Play will be coming to the schools. There is also the Welcome to Recreation program, as well as Nature Play, which is running right now. 

To find up-to-date information on kids and family programming, click here


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