The Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department keeps coming up with great ways to have fun in the waning days of summer and last Friday, Aug. 17 was no exception, according to a press release.
The Parks Dept. Fun Mobile program — a mobile parks special events team that offers free supervised activities for youth to parks and open spaces around the Island — set up its "slip-n-slide" water activity at to the delight of Island youth looking for a fun way to beat the heat.
This water activity is part of the Funtastic Fridays summer program offered by the Parks and Recreation Department, supported entirely by donations from the community (funding was cut for the program in 2010).
One of the more popular activities, the "slip-n-slide" uses 80 feet of sheet plastic, non-toxic soap, and water to create a thrilling and refreshing ride for kids eager to take advantage of the warm weather.
The sun and warmth last week brought throngs of youth to Luther Burbank Park to take a ride on the "slip-n-slide." The enthusiastic Parks and Recreation summer staff contributed to the success of the event. "I love seeing the pure joy on kids' faces when they come down the slide," says Seasonal Staff Avery Britton.
The Parks and Recreation Department remains committed to supporting the ability of all Island youth to reap the benefits of structured, outdoor activities. Validating the success of these efforts are the multiple formal recognitions the Department has received as a Playful City U.S.A. community from the national non-profit KaBOOM!.
The last Funtastic Friday of the summer is scheduled for August 24. For additional information about the activities offered by the Parks and Recreation Department, contact Recreation Superintendent Diane Mortenson at email@example.com.