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File #: 21-3212   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: City Council B Session
On agenda: 4/28/2021
Posting Language: Briefing on San Antonio Parks and Recreation Summer Programming [David W. McCary, CPM, Assistant City Manager; Homer Garcia III, Director, Parks and Recreation]
Attachments: 1. Staff Presentation
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DEPARTMENT: Parks and Recreation




Briefing on San Antonio Parks and Recreation Summer Programming


City staff will provide a briefing on summer programming opportunities provided by the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.


The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering a variety of opportunities centered on youth development, aquatics, and enhancing the parks user experience which promote health, safety, and staying active during the summer months. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department will offer summer programming designed to accommodate necessary safety precautions including capacity and staffing level considerations.

Youth Development
For nearly three decades, the Department has provided a recreation summer program for youth. The Summer Youth Program provides supervised, structured recreational activities to children ages six to fourteen years old. The program operates for approximately eight weeks each summer (dependent on local school district calendars) and this year has the capacity to serve approximately 2,130 children at 21 Parks' facilities and are coordinating with local area school districts for available school sites to expand service delivery.

Through a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Summer Food Service Program provides nutritional meals to children age eighteen and below and has the capacity to serve over 231,000 lunches and 230,000 snacks. These offerings will occur at 86 sites in conjunction with the Summer Youth Program, city pools, and other non-profit organization's locations and have been designated Por Vida healthy by Metro Health. Additionally, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State has authorized meal distribution through a "grab-and-go" method and the Department will continue service delivery via this method in Summer 2021.

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