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During these smoldering summer weeks, Lee’s...
During these smoldering summer weeks, Lee’s Summit’s Parks are finding ways to help you ‘Beat The Heat’!
July 26, 2014
Tribune Photos by Ron Wight
By Carlee Edwards
Each week, kids ages 5 to 11 get to participate in Camp Summit, a recreational day camp run out of the Harris Park facility that covers the R-7 school district summer break.
Averaging 414 students per week, the kids get to stay cool during the heat of the summer by swimming everyday at Summit Waves next door.
“We’re not limited to the Lee’s Summit area though,” Camp Director Ryan Gibson said. “We do field trips all across the metro area.”
Along with swimming and field trips, students spend their days proactively playing games, making crafts and participating in other activates. Parents pay an enrollment fee and then by the week, picking the weeks they want their kids to attend camp. And while enrollment for this summer’s camp is full, enrollment for Camp Summit School Break Camp is about to open up.
“Anytime the R-7 school district is out of school we’ll have a one day camp where we’ll take the kids on a field trip or something,” Gibson explained. For more information on Camp Summit or on enrollment for School Break Camp check out their website www.campsummit.net.
Lee’s Summit Parks and Rec offers other ways for everyone to Beat the Heat as well!
On days when the National Weather Service issues Excessive Heat Warnings during the months of June, July and August, Legacy Park Community Center, Gamber Center and Harris Park Community Center will offer reduced to half price admission.
For information on this “Beat the Heat” policy and the admission fee reduction, notices will be posted on the Lee’s Summit Parks and Rec website at www.lsparks.net.
Information can also be found at each facilities’ welcome desk and on the voicemail greeting of each facility.
Entry lobbies to all of these community centers can be used by patrons at absolutely no charge for the purpose of “cooling off” during all open hours.
In addition to this fee reduction to help beat the heat, Lee’s Summit Parks and Rec is also offering several summer special events!
The following are some events that will be great for kids, adults and families:
An artist reception will be held on Thursday, July 31 for Diane Brown in the Gamber Center and is free to everyone.
The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and the artist presentation will follow at 7 p.m.
On Friday, August 1 there will be a Blues and Jazz Fest on Green Street, in front of City Hall, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday, August 4 is Family Fun Night at Summit waves from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30. The discounted rate is 4 dollars while the regular rate is 5 dollars.
The Aquathlon will be held at Legacy Park on Sunday, August 3 at 7:30 a.m. and participation is 50 dollars.
And Saturday, August 23 will be a Movie in the Park at Legacy Park Amphitheater. Admission is free and the gates open at 8:00 p.m. The movie “Rudy” will begin just after sunset.
For more information and details on the special events happening the rest of this summer visit the Parks and Rec special events web page at www.summeroffun.net and learn more about how to Beat The Heat!
Visit https://www.facebook.com/LSTribune for additional photos from Camp Summit.
Guest Column by Missouri State Senator Will Kraus, 8th District. State of Missouri Ballot Issues For November 2012