The Department of Community Development Recreation Program has announced that the Summer Parks Playground Program is in operation now through Aug. 19.

The program's hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; playground leaders are stationed at Clapp Park, Deming Park and The Common.

The Summer Playground Program offers a variety of recreation activities to children ages 6 to 13 at no cost.

Playground leaders create safe, supervised and fun-filled environments with activities including sports, games, arts and crafts, and nature activities.

The program is designed to provide "drop-in" activities for children and is not a substitute for day camp or childcare.

For more information, contact Becky Manship, recreation activities coordinator, at 499-9370.