Summer Playground Program
A supervised Summer Playground Program will be conducted by the City of Tallahassee at eight sites starting June 8 - July 31 between the hours of 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, with supervision available from 7:30am- 5:30pm for eight weeks. The eight sites include Myers, Winthrop and Meridian Parks, along with Jack McLean, Jake Gaither, LeVerne Payne, Lawrence Gregory and Walker Ford Community Centers. Each Playground will offers a variety of physical, social and cultural activities on a daily basis. Youth ages 5-16 can participate in sports, games, fitness, special events, and tournaments. Children five years of age must have completed kindergarten in order to be registered for the Playground Program.
Download the Parent Handbook (PDF) for more details and information about the Summer Playground Program.
For more information, contact Toni McDonald at 891-3856.
Youth Sports Camp
The athletics division will be hosting the popular youth sports camp once again this year. This year it will be offered two weeks this summer:
- June 15-19: Tom Brown Park (ages 5-13 years old)
- July 13-17: Optimist Park (ages 5-10 years old)
Each week-long camp will highlight a different sport each day including: baseball/softball, soccer, flag football, basketball, tennis (Tom Brown only), disc golf (Tom Brown only) and other fun activities - see the registration packet (PDF) for more details. Camp stamp will be on-site by 7:30am each morning for drop-off and through 5:30pm in the afternoon for pick-up. There are four age divisions for the Tom Brown location: 5-6 years old, 7-8, years old, 9-10 years old, and 11-13 years old and three age groups at Optimist Park: 5-6 years old, 7-8 years old, 9-10 years old.
The cost is $150 per participant. Last year the week long camp sold-out and space will once again be limited. No refunds will be issued after May 29.
How to Register
Summer Arts and Crafts Camp
Once again, we are running our annual Arts and Crafts Camp at Lafayette Arts and Crafts Center for campers aged 5-12. This means wall to wall arts and crafts, the activity high on every camper's favorites list! Our classes include: Drawing, Pottery, Painting, Fabric Crafts, Paper construction, and anything else we can come up with that is creative and fun!
Our five, two-week sessions will be themed "The Continents" and each will present many classes covering the culture and arts of a different area of the world. Guest teachers and performers will round out our offerings, which will also include campy favorites- crazy hat days and the like.
Campers will need to bring their own lunch while we provide a morning snack. The cost for each session is $205 per child.
Registration for the lottery drawing for new participants will be held on April 6 from 9:00am - 12:00n and 2:00 - 9:00pm, but there will be plenty of spots available. Five year olds will need to have completed kindergarten.
Session Dates and Themes
- June 2 - 12: South America
- June 29 - July 10 (no camp on July 4): North America
- July 13 - 24: Europe
- July 27 - August 7: Africa in the 2000's
For more information or to register, contact us at 891-3945.
The City of Tallahassee, Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department Summer Playground Program accepts applications from January to April for summer employment for paid positions, with interviews beginning in March. Applications may be picked up at the Myers Park Administration Offices, located at 912 Myers Park Drive, between the hours of 8:00am - 5:00pm. Staff will be required to attend mandatory training during the first week of June. Camp begins June 8 and runs through July 31.
If you are interested in becoming a Counselor in Training, applications are accepted through the first of May. To be a Counselor in Training, you must be between the ages of 13-16. Counselors in Training will be required to pay for their Level II Background screening that will be processed through the City of Tallahassee. At the time of their appointment for fingerprints, each will have to bring a state-issued ID and Social Security Card. For more information about applying to be a Counselor in Training, please contact Toni McDonald at 891-3856.
Special Park Hours & Privileges
The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department operates an 8 week Summer Camp program for children, ages 5-16 from June 9 - August 1. During the week, some parks/playgrounds are reserved for our camp activities to ensure the safety of our campers and your children.
The following sites are reserved for exclusive use by our programs from (7:30am to 5:30pm):
- Myers Park
- Winthrop Park
- Lawrence-Gregory Community Center at Dade Street
- LeVerne Payne Community Center
- Jack McLean Community Center
- Jake Gaither Community Center
- Walker-Ford Community Center
During this time period we hope you'll visit one of our other parks. Some locations you might like include:
- Tom Brown Park - 501 Easterwood Drive
- Ninth & Terrace Park - 615 E. 9th Ave
- AJ Henry Park - 2701 AJ Henry Park Drive
- Levy Park - 609 Tharpe Street
- Capital Park - 400 Tram Road
- Campbell Pond Park - 3703 Shoreline Drive
- Playground at Lafayette Park - 501 Ingleside Ave (must be accompanied by parents)
If you have any questions regarding this matter please feel free to contact Mario Palmentieri, Recreation Supervisor, at 891-3879 or Toni McDonald, Recreation Supervisor, at 891-3856