The city of Toledo will operate and sponsor several family-friendly recreational programs and events this summer for residents, especially young Toledoans.
“We want to make sure we are encouraging children to stay active and have fun this summer,” Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said.
The recreational programs and events this summer include:
- A free Youth Summer Recreation Program for children 8 to 14 years old will run 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning June 11 through July 18 in Willys Park, Smith Park, Navarre Park, Wilson Park, Jamie Farr Park, and Pickford Park. The program includes activities and programs for enrichment and empowerment such as exercise, sports, and crafts. Connecting Kids to Meals will provide free lunch to the children from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Interns from the University of Toledo and Toledo Public Schools students assigned to the youth recreation program will be serving the meals. Please call 419-936-3881 to RSVP and for more information.
- The Toledo-Lucas County Police Athletic League is sponsoring free summer activities and sports camps. The camps are held at the Toledo PAL facility, 1111 East Manhattan Blvd., the Detwiler Golf Course, and the Detwiler Baseball Fields, 4001 North Summit St. Information on the camps can be found at this link: https://sports.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=993489. Call 419-276-4764 for more information.
- The city will host Zumba classes on Mondays from June 10 through Sept. 30. The class will rotate locations at the Wilson Park shelter, the Highland Park shelter, the Navarre Park shelter, and the Westwood Park shelter. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children. The schedule can be found at this link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/my.llfiles.com/00138264/Zumba.pdf.
- “Walking Wednesdays” will be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday beginning June 12 through Oct. 2 at Ottawa Park, Swan Creek Metropark, Walbridge Park, or Middlegrounds Metropark. The meeting points are at the open air shelter near Toledo Hospital for Ottawa Park, the open air shelter at Walbridge Park, the main parking lot for Middlegrounds Metropark, and the first parking lot off of Airport Highway for Swan Creek Metropark. The walking events, which are listed at this link, will be:
- June 12 at Ottawa Park
- June 19 at Swan Creek Metropark
- June 26 at Walbridge Park
- July 10 at Middlegrounds Metropark
- July 17 at Ottawa Park
- July 24 at Swan Creek Metropark
- July 31 at Walbridge Park
- Aug. 7 at Middlegrounds Metropark
- Aug. 14 at Ottawa Park
- Aug. 21 at Swan Creek Metropark
- Aug. 28 at Walbridge Park
- Sept. 4 at Middlegrounds Metropark
- Sept. 11 at Ottawa Park
- Sept. 18 at Swan Creek Metropark
- Sept. 25 at Walbridge Park
- Oct. 2 at Middlegrounds Metropark
- The city is hosting three free “Movie Nights in the Park” events on June 13 in Savage Park, July 11 in Joe E. Brown Park, and Aug. 8 in Ottawa Park. Residents can vote for the movies that will be shown on the Facebook page of Premier Screenings LLC, which is the city’s partner for the movie nights. Voting for the June 13 movie is already underway. The options for June 13 are Black Panther, Incredibles 2, Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Ralph Breaks the Internet. The events will include entertainment, including a DJ, starting at 7 p.m. The movies will start at 9 p.m. Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Each movie night is weather dependent.
- The 2019 Free Youth Fishing Rodeo will be June 29 at Sleepy Hallow Park, 4150-4198 Overlook Blvd. The event is open to children 5 to 14 years old. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the rodeo starts at 9 a.m. Children must bring fishing equipment and bait. The event is weather dependent.
- A 3 on 3 Youth Travel Basketball League for fifth through eighth grade students will run 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Sunday from June 23 through July 21. The cost is $80 per each four-person team. Teams must have the entry fee and registration form completed and turned in by 4:30 p.m., June 17. The form can be found at www.leaguelineup.com/cot and this link. It can be mailed or dropped off to Toledo Division of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry, 2201 Ottawa Drive, Toledo, Ohio 43606. The dates and locations are:
- June 23 at Joe E. Brown Park
- June 30 at Smith Park
- July 7 at Savage Park
- July 14 at Joe E. Brown Park
- July 21 – Tournament TBD
- The city of Toledo is hosting free Tai Chi from noon to 1 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of every month through at least the end of August, at Promenade Park. A waiver of liability, which is provide onsite, is needed before participation. The events are weather dependent.
- The city’s six pools and the splash pad at Savage Park are scheduled to open June 8. Pool admission is $1 for children 12 and under and $2 for those 13 and older. Pools may close due to mechanical or weather related issues without notice. Hours and locations are available at this link: https://toledo.oh.gov/services/public-service/parks-recreation-forestry/recreation/pools/.
- The Lucas County Special Olympics is hosting a Disc Golf Skills Clinic, for anyone interested in learning the sport from 10 a.m. to noon, July 13 at Ottawa Park. Instruction will be provided by professional Disc Golfers from the greater Toledo area.
The city of Toledo supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability to fully participate in any city program or event, please contact Joan Easler, city of Toledo ADA Administrator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, at 419-245-1059.