Free drop-in playground program returns to 12 Oshawa parks

The free drop-in playground program will return to 12 Oshawa parks this summer, starting Monday, July 4.

Mayor Dan Carter urged city residents to join the “amazing playground program” to enjoy the summer with family.

The free program is for children aged five to 12, where they can be a part of a fun summer camp experience while enjoying different activities, making crafts and playing games.

However, the program requires the participants to fill out an emergency contact consent form for each playground location they will attend.

Children can register at the playground location nearest their home on the first day they attend the program.

The program will be run by trained leaders who will provide interactive and exciting play opportunities for children, including games, songs and crafts.

Children should wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring a water bottle. As well, washrooms at the playground sites may not be available for use.

The site locations are subject to change or cancellation based on low attendance, inclement weather and heat alerts.

Even if a playground location continues to run during high heat, it will focus on passive games and activities in shade, with frequent breaks.

The program leaders will host a Playground Fun Night on Friday, July 29 at 7 pm

The 12 locations where children can enjoy the free program are:

• Bridle Park

•Brookside Park

• Coldstream Park

• Connaught Park

•Lake Vista Park

•Laval Park

•Margate Park

•Mount Joy Park

• Sherwood Park

• Tampa Park

• Waverly Public School

• Thornton Park

Even though the program is offering 12 different sites, it will not include Cordova Valley Park, Easton Park, Fenelon Park, Iroquois Shoreline Park and Woodview Park playground locations for the 2022 Playground Program session.

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