For those of you within a reasonable driving distance from a Portland Park, you are in for a treat this summer. All of those tax dollars yield Portland folks an absolutely excellent Parks & Recreation department.
Parks with playgrounds offer an array of drop-in activities for children ages 5-12. Each location offers activities supervised by a parks employee including sports, games, crafts and nature exploration. Many Portland Parks also have spray features and/or wading pools that will bring sweet relief during this summer’s heat.
Lastly, and best yet, many locations offer free lunch to kids ages 2-18. This is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is an extension of the free lunch program offered at public schools. The cool part of the summer park program is that lunches are available to everyone, regardless of income. Just show up at the appointed time and your kids get some free grub.
I try to keep this handy pdf list in my car. If we happen to be in the neighborhood, we stop by and enjoy the fruits of our tax dollars!
If you’re out of the Portland area, check out Project Summer for a comprehensive list of free lunch host locations throughout Oregon. Lunches are not given to adults and your kids must eat at the site.
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