The League of Volunteers' 34th annual Free Summer Recreation in the Parks program brought together more than 300 children at Newark's Civic Center Park on July 24 for a fun-filled day called Field Trip in the Park.
The event, open to LOV's registered Summer Recreation kids and their families, offered a variety of activities ranging from themed arts and crafts projects, carnival games and races, to Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Community Troupe's "Kids Course" -- an obstacle course featuring a kid-powered bicycle sound system and quiz, plus health challenges for the young people. Kaiser's Cardia Heart character added to the theme of "Get Up and Move." Other community contributors to this event included: USAgain's recycle display with a jump house and snow cones, First Tee-Tri Valley's "sticky" golf lessons, Newark Library's science activity tables, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary - South Bay Division IV, and the Newark Police Department, which brought rescue vehicles, canines and safety information to share with everyone.
LOV awarded a total of 30 tickets to the Aug. 15 Oakland Raiders - Detroit Lions game to children who earned special drawing entries for participating in the day's activities. Winners and chaperones had a special night of NFL fun, courtesy of first-time event sponsor, the F.A.I.R. Foundation.
In its 34th year, LOV's Summer Recreation in the Parks operated Monday through Thursday through Aug. 14.