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Kingsport cancels Summer Program, offers alternatives

Staff reports • May 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Parks and Recreation Department has made the difficult decision to cancel its Summer Program for 2020.

Though the decision was made out of caution for the health and safety of the kids and instructors, departmental staff have come up with unique and fun ways kids can still get involved and have fun.

“We realize a lot of kids look forward to summer camp with us every year, and we know it is always important to engage in mental and physical activities,” said Parks and Recreation program administrator Renee Ensor. “We are excited to offer some new family-oriented programs this year, which provide a variety of leisure time choices.”

Here are the programs your children can chose to take part in:

SUMMER PROGRAM IN A BOX

— This box will include six themed weeks, each one including games and crafts pertaining to that theme. The box will also include a T-shirt, water bottle, sunglasses and more. Every week the Parks and Recreation staff will have scheduled Zoom calls with the kids to do some physical activities and games.

— Registration is required: May 18-29

— Register online at www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org

— Fee: $20 per box and $15 per box after the first child

PICKLEBALL

Outdoor pickleball at the Borden Park court will have scheduled time slots on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s open to ages 14 and above. The scheduled time slots will not exceed more than 10 people, and the Parks and Recreation staff will be disinfecting the pickleballs at the end of each time slot. Participants must bring their own paddles. To register, you must call (423) 224-2489 or email reneeensor@kingsporttn.gov.

NBA 2K

— Staff will be hosting a virtual NBA 2K tournament and season.

— Ages 8-12

— Participants must have their own gaming console and the NBA 2K game. No equipment will be provided.

— Call (423) 343-9723 or email travissensabaugh@kingsporttn.gov to register

— Registration: May 22-June 5

FORTNITE FRIDAYS

— Parks and Recreation staff will be hosting virtual Fortnite Fridays, during which participants will be able to play Fortnite games with others and Parks and Recreation staff.

— Ages 6-12

— Participants must have their own gaming console and the Fortnite game. No equipment will be provided.

— Call (423) 343-9723 or email travissensabaugh@kingsporttn.gov to register.

— Registration: May 22-June 5

TRAVEL TRAINER

Parks and recreation staff will be going throughout different communities to bring the workout to you. Staff will be doing simple fitness instruction and all equipment will be provided. Classes will not exceed more than 10 people and the staff will designate spots for participants that will meet the 6-feet-apart guidelines. Call (423) 343-9723 or email travissensabaugh@kingsporttn.gov to find out dates, times and locations.

Additional programs for disc golf, archery, tennis, walking, cornhole toss, nutrition, health/wellness and much more will be offered later this summer. Stay tuned and check out Kingsport Parks and Recreation on social media.

For more information, visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org.

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