C’mon, kids, get on the bus, er, van. Boise Parks & Recreation’s Mobile Recreation Van motors about from school to apartment complex to neighborhood park, offering adult-supervised fitness and arts programs to kids during lunch break and out-of-school. Many wouldn’t be able to participate in the activities otherwise.
The program was launched in February 2008 as a response to programming
deficiencies identified by the Mayor’s Council on Children and Youth.
“Cost and location are key obstacles for parents seeking safe, quality
after-school programs for their kids,” said Roseanne Daily of Boise
Parks & Recreation. “The van allows us to take programming to the
children to help alleviate the accessibility issue.”
The van, loaded with sporting goods and art supplies toodles out to visit
Hawthorne, Whitney, McMillan, Jefferson, Horizon and Summerwind schools.
And now, kids at four more schools will have the chance to get in on the fun. The expanded spring schedule
includes Whittier, Ustick, Mountain View and Garfield elementary schools.
The Mobile Recreation program has far exceeded expectations, with 37,000
visits in the last year, Daily said.
City funds were used to purchase the van and provide staff. Additional
support is provided by the University of Idaho’s Expanded Food and
Nutrition Program, Boise Sunrise and Boise Southwest Rotary Clubs. Boise
Weekly donated funds for an artist-in-residence program.