Summer is just around the corner and Tulsa’s parks are gearing up for all kinds of activities for kids, including bringing back things that weren’t available to kids last summer.
Last summer, Covid-19 shut down public swimming pools across the city like the brand new swimming pool at Whiteside Park, but this summer it will be open for fun in the sun.
“We’re looking forward to this year and have a new pool,” said Beau Roberson.
Roberson and his daughter Haddie enjoyed the beautiful weather in Whiteside Park. He says it was a tough year with not many school programs to keep them busy.
“We’re going to get a lot more back this summer. We’re going to have the pools open this year, they were closed last year, we’re going to have day camps again,” said Anna America, director of city parks.
America says it’s been tough for kids since last March, but she looks forward to offering a summer a little closer to normal.
“Being active, being outside, these things can be done safely and are really important to children who have been kind of cooped up and kept in isolation,” America said.
She says while kids are having fun at one of the city’s many day camps or pools, they’ll be safe too if the COVID-19 rules still apply. She says protocols will be stricter than other places as they mainly deal with children who are not vaccinated.
“This year it will look a little different, there will be smaller groups, we will continue to keep children in smaller groups, at least when they are inside, in so-called pods,” said America.
She says the city is also adding two day camps this summer, one in Centennial Park near downtown and one in Chamberlain Park in North Tulsa. You can find more details here.
Registrations for most summer camps will start next month.