On a hot day, it’s nice to cool off with 40 gallons of water alongside friends.
On Wednesday, the Director of the Summer Outreach Program Corey Allison brought a group of 25 children to the Doug Coleman Memorial Splash Pad to enjoy some summer fun.
“Today we were invited out by one of the county commissioners, Brian Davis, to come out and enjoy the new splash park and all of its festivities,” Allison said. “They gave us access to the park an hour before it opens to the public, just to give the kids who might not normally have the opportunity to come on this side of town and enjoy what this has to offer.”
This summer outreach program is through the Counseling Center in Portsmouth, Ohio and is structured around summer learning. Different types of educational programs are offered for the kids through Shawnee State, the Southern Ohio Museum and the Portsmouth Public Library.
This program brings children together from various locations.
“Any kid can be involved, they just need to sign up. We have people who just come to the community center and sign up that way. Our program goes until August 5, so we’ve got a few more weeks left of the program, and there is no cut off for signing up,” Allison said. “There are no stipulations for the program, so we have kids from all over the county. Some kids are even from out of town and are visiting family. They can sign up as well.”
Originally from Cleveland Ohio, Allison has been involved with youth programs for about 16 years.
“My favorite part of the job is doing things like this. Doing things they wouldn’t normally be able to do, and putting a smile on their face. As years go by, I get to watch them grow and make that connection. They also make that connection with kids from different aspects of life.”
The kids had a wonderful time playing at the Splash Pad, and the laughter could be heard all around. The Splash Pad is open every day from 11-7, and only costs $2. Make a trip with the family and cool off.