The City of Wichita is providing a package of youth-enrichment summer activities offering free bus rides through Aug. 31, free access to public swimming pools, free golf and FootGolf at L.W. Clapp golf course, free lunches and forgiveness of outstanding library fees to encourage reading.
The program, called “SayYES!,” is a collaboration between the Wichita Public Library, Wichita Transit, Wichita Park & Recreation and Housing and Community Services departments. SayYES! is available to area youth, ages 7 through 17, at no cost.
“This pilot program is an investment in the future of our city,” said Wichita City Council Member Lavonta Williams. “We want to help kids enjoy a fulfilling summer, create childhood memories, and nurture a love for literacy. “
Free lunches are available for youth ages 18 and under through Aug. 4. Lunch will be served from noon until 12:30 p.m. and snacks from 4 - 4:30 p.m. each weekday at Colvin Elementary, 2820 S. Roosevelt. Breakfast will be served from 9:30-10:00 a.m. and an afternoon snack from 4 - 4:30 p.m. at Evergreen Recreation Center, 2700 N. Woodland and lunch from 11:30 until noon at the Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center, 2755 E. 19th St.
To participate in SayYES! activities, youth must have a program pass, which they can obtain for no cost at the Wichita Transit Center, 214 S. Topeka. Parents or guardians must be present to obtain a youth SayYES! Pass, create or update an account at the Wichita Public Library.
For more information on the SayYES! program, please contact Park & Recreation at 316-268-4628.