By Kim Walter -- firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- The Board of Supervisors approved a Summer in the Parks program Tuesday morning as well as a developing partnership between the Parks and Recreation Department and two not-for-profit groups.
Robin Richardson, deputy director of the department, recommended the new proposal for this summer. It consists of two four-week sessions, one from June 18 to July 13, and the second from July 16 through Aug. 10.
An Early Bird Playground session will run from 8 a.m. to noon, with a $15 registration fee and an additional $45 per week, per child. The program will be limited to 50 children. The second program, Playground in the Parks, will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with the same fees and 50-participant limitation.
The proposal also states that "Participants would only be allowed to be enrolled in one program, and dual enrollment in sessions/programs will not be permitted."
Vice chairman Linda P. Glavis pointed out that the proposal allowed for "more public benefit" as it had the potential to reach 200 different children.
Additionally, sport and activity camps will be offered through a partnership with the Warren County School Age Care and Youth Enrichment Program. A two- or three-day camp would take place each week based on a particular skill or sport, Richardson said, and added that prices for the different activities would be reduced.
Richardson also mentioned possible swim days, and providing an open gym program two days a week for sixth through ninth graders.
Supervisor Tony F. Carter expressed worries that the proposal might still prove difficult for parents, and recognized that "there are 2,000 kids out there," compared to the 200 the program could serve.
"I know I'm outnumbered," Carter said, in reference to some supervisors' feeling that it was wrong for the program to compete with local day cares and other private enterprises.
Rosemary Comstock, owner of Angel's Korner, spoke before the discussion and expressed her apologies for drawing out the process.
"But I'm standing firm in that we need to reach every child in the community," she said. "From infants to elders."
Comstock also said she hopes to continue working with the Parks and Recreation Department in the future.