- 16 DPSCD schools to become Summer Fun Centers, expand City’s Rec Center locations from 11 to 27
- Five-week pilot could become long term strategy for filling void left by mass closure of City Rec centers more than a decade ago
- Families can view an interactive map of Rec Center locations, registration is required
Starting next week, Detroit children ages 6 to 17 will have more than twice the current number of recreation center options across the city offering a range of free activities, thanks to an innovative new partnership between the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD).
Mayor Mike Duggan, members of the Detroit City Council, and DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti today announced that from July 10 through August 11, the school district will open 16 Detroit Summer Fun Centers across the City of Detroit, in every City Council district.
When added to the City’s existing 11 fulltime Recreation Centers, Detroit families will have 27 locations to pick from this summer – the largest number operated by the City in more than a decade. After the five-week pilot has ended, the City and DPSCD will evaluate the approach as a possible long-term solution toward filling the recreation center gap that has existed in many neighborhoods for more than a decade.
“Detroiters all remember when rec centers across this city shut down. If we are going to build a stronger Detroit, we’ve got to focus on creating safe spaces for our youth and opportunities for them to be successful,” Mayor Mike Duggan said. “Thanks to our partnership with DPSCD, we hope to provide Detroit children with a safe space to play right in their neighborhoods. The DPSCD team has been a great partner in this effort and we appreciate their leadership in making these schools available to the children in our community,” the Mayor added.
DPSCD helps Detroit fill “recreation gap”
The City of Detroit shut down 16 recreation centers due to funding cuts from 2006-2013. In order to provide more recreation opportunities for Detroit children this summer, the City approached DPS officials about partnering to provide Detroit youth more options more quickly. The cost of the five-week program is approximately $625,000 or about $40,000 per location for the summer.
“When the mayor’s team approached us with this concept we moved with a sense of urgency to ensure that as many students as possible continued to have access to a safe and productive learning environment while parents and caregivers work over the summer,” said Dr. Vitti. “I believe this is the first of many partnerships between the city and school district to better utilize and share resources to support our students and communities.”
To provide a safe and fun environment for children at all 16 Summer Fun Centers, as well as its 11 traditional recreation centers, the City of Detroit has hired 190 Play Leaders and supervisory staff to provide adult oversight and structure to the programming.
Hours, Locations and Activities
The following 16 Summer Fun Centers will be available Monday-Friday from 8:00am-6:00pm. They will be staffed and programmed by the city and DPSCD will provide security and custodial staff. Programming will include access to indoor and outdoor athletic opportunities, arts & crafts, media centers and more. The centers also will provide three meals throughout the day to participants.
2017 Summer Fun Centers
1. Brenda Scott Academy
2. Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School
3. JR King Academic & Performing Arts
4. Western Int’l High School
5. East English Village High School
6. Cooke Elementary School
7. Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School
8. Carver STEM Academy
9. Henry Ford High School
10. Gompers Elementary-Middle School
11. Pasteur Elementary
12. Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy
13. Cody High School Bldg
14. Gardner Elementary School
15. Carstens Elementary School
16. Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy
The In-School Rec Centers are available to Detroit children only. Parents must register their children online or they can register in person at any of the 16 DPSCD Detroit Summer Fun Centers.