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July 16, 2014

Kokomo Parks Dept. Recreation Adventure brings free fun to summer break

City's Recreation Adventure makes parks hub of activity

Olivia Persons has spent every day of her summer break at Bon Air Park.

She attends Recreation Adventure with her stepmother Paula McDorman, who leads that site of the Kokomo Parks and Recreation department program along with Stephanie Purvis.

“I like that we get to do crafts all day,” said Persons, 11, as she paused from threading green beads on a string to make a bead lizard Tuesday.

Bon Air Park is one of six sites that host Recreation Adventure, which includes a variety of free games and crafts for as little as 50 cents or $1. The program runs from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until July 25 at Highland Park, Bon Air Park, Mohr Park, Lafayette Park Elementary School, Garden Square Apartments (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) and Pine Valley Apartments (on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Matt Rubow, 38, joins between six and 20 children in meeting at the red and blue shed in Bon Air Park every day. He couldn’t narrow down his favorite part from “everything,” though the board game “Sorry” has been a highlight recently.

“Sorry’s been their favorite game to play. We play it every day and make a big competition out of it,” McDorman said. “We’ve kind of become a family here. It’s been nice.”

McDorman and Purvis both are working with Recreation Adventure for the first time this summer. The two have known each other since high school, both work at Kokomo School Corp. and turned to the Parks and Recreation program as a chance for a fun summer job.

Shirley Johnston and her 9-year-old grandson Isaiah Bailey happened upon their site while visiting the park Monday and returned on Tuesday. Bailey appreciated the chance to play all kinds of sports there, and he also enjoyed painting different plaster animals, making an eagle for his grandmother.

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