By AARON GETTINGER
Walk-in registration for programming and summer camps at parks in the Chicago Park District are open.
Standard day camps for children ages 6 to 12 run six weeks, from June 25 to Aug. 3, typically from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 10 to 4, Monday through Friday. Play Camp is for children ages 3 to 5 and Teen Camp for participants ages 13 to 15.
Jackson Park, 6401 S Stony Island Ave. will host football and baseball camps. The Midway Plaisance, 1130 Midway Plaisance, will host morning and afternoon play camps for children from ages 4 to 5. Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr., will host swim and football camps. Online registration is open at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
“The Park District’s summer park programs are still the best deal in town,” said Park District Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly in a statement. “We strive to provide excellent and affordable recreation for individuals of all ages and abilities that will bring children and families into our parks and give them great reasons to stay and play for a lifetime.”
Though fees vary, depending on location, offering and hours, no child will be turned away because of an inability to pay. Financial aid is available for Chicago children who present a state confirmation of enrollment in the SNAP or cash or medical benefits program, a state healthcare and family services medical card or proof of household income, either by check stubs from the past 30 days or 2017 IRS forms. Submitted information is confidential.
There is a family discount of 10 percent, applied to the less-expensive program, for those who register for two or more programs for under-18 family members in one transaction.
The Park District is also soliciting donations to the financial aid program at chicagoparkdistrict.com/donate#camp.
The Park District reported that 29,410 individuals had registered for programs and camps as of last Friday, an 18 percent increase from the number of registrants at that time last year. The District recorded a 31 percent increase in summer program enrollments last summer; in all, park program enrollments have increased by 49 percent compared to 2013.
Registration will close once programs reach capacity. Lunch or snacks will be served to children enrolled in most camps.