As the city of Kent continues to grow, its Parks & Recreation Department continues to build on the success of six citywide parks and countless recreational programs for the community.
Kent Parks & Recreation has added online registration for the community to sign their loved ones up for the various athletic events and camps offered in the area.
John Idone, Director of Kent Parks & Recreation, said that the city has been working on establishing online registration to make signing up easier for working parents around the community.
“We’ve talked about this for several years and finally have entered the 21st century here, I guess,” Idone said. “People (in other cities) have been doing this, and it is really more of a convenience for our park users. “
Parents can sign their children up for a number of events on the department’s website, including summer outdoor basketball camps, Children’s Musical Theatre, lacrosse, martial arts and youth soccer. The day camp at the Kent Recreation Center is also available, which serves working parents in the city from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
As summer began on Thursday, the department is preparing to host the Hershey Track Meet on June 28 at the Stanton Middle School track, summer lacrosse league and several annual events coming to the city in 2013. Idone noted that the majority of day camps are filled for the summer.
“We still have openings in our individual sports camps, but things are very busy,” Idone said. “We are also in the process of renovating the 4,000-square-foot retail space that we are converting into a fitness center. Hopefully that will be opening in the next two to three weeks.”
As downtown Kent continues to sprout new businesses and the community begins to explore the area, there will not be a lack of events or landmarks to keep them active during the summer months. The city has numerous parks across town, while improvements have been made to walking trails along the river.
Trails have been extended, and the city made an agreement with the Metro Parks serving Summit County to connect one city trail to the Freedom Trail. The trails that run along the Cuyahoga River are commonly populated with young children on bikes, couples going for scenic walks or visitors of the city who have not seen the elaborate path near the river.
Idone said that while the state of Ohio has seen a dramatic rise in young people seeking the nightlife of a large city, Kent Parks & Recreation demonstrates what the city has to offer.
“I think our park system and the quality of life it contributes, along with the strength of the university and new downtown development, put Kent in a fine light here--certainly in the region,” Idone said.
For a full calendar of events and to access the department’s new online activity registration, visit Kent Parks & Recreation here.