Pasadena's Summer Was a Camp-Filled One

A half dozen City-run day camps hosted hundreds and hundreds of youngsters over past two-and-a-half months

Published : Saturday, August 17, 2019 | 4:53 AM

If you like summer, then it is not a good sign that authorities can already tell us that

746 youth, ages five to 12 years old, splished and splashed at full-day summer camps in the Arroyo Seco, La Pintoresca, Robinson, Victory, Villa, and Washington parks between June and August.

Because when the camp gets rolled up, the end of summer is rolling up right behind.

According to a report by the Department of Human Services and Recreation, all City-sponsored summer camps concluded August 2. Camp is one of four core summer programs administered by the Department of Human Services and Recreation.

Brenda Harvey-Williams, Human Services and Recreation Director

Brenda Harvey-Williams, Human Services and Recreation Director, said an additional 174 youths participated in specialty partial day camps for tiny tots, teens, non-contact boxing and soccer. This year, 74 children from income-qualified households were awarded $21,363 in scholarship assistance and attended 495 weeks of camp.

To support summer camp programming, the Human Services and Recreation Department hired 49 seasonal staff, Harvey-Williams said.

In summer aquatics programming, up to 2,098 sessions of learn-to-swim lessons were sold, according to the report. To support programming, the department hired 39 seasonal staff. Lessons were offered at Robinson Park, Villa-Parke, Blair and Pasadena High School pools from June 10 through August 8.

Aquatics programming also included a youth swim team and water polo team, parent and me classes, private lessons for all ages, adult water aerobics and recreation swim.

Pasadena children ages seven to 17 were eligible for a 50-percent scholarship for swimming lessons, which had no income requirement. One hundred and forty-nine children received scholarships and enrolled in a total of 437 total swimming lessons.

Parks After Dark (PAD) programming kicked off on July 10 with a softball double-header exhibition game at Robinson Park, and concluded on August 10, with Concert in the Park at Memorial Park featuring La Sonora Dinamita.

There was free programming every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and included volleyball, basketball, arts and crafts, recreational swimming, soccer, Zumba, pickleball, outdoor concerts and movies.

The Human Services and Recreation Department also administered the Pasadena ROSE (Realizing Opportunities through Summer Employment) Internship Program, designed to provide Pasadena youth ages 14 to 24 with an opportunity to expand job skills and receive training to prepare for future employment.

This year’s ROSE program received over 200 applications and placed 158 interns. Participants were eligible for a stipend after working 130 hours over six weeks between the months of June and August.

In addition to placement with the Human Services and Recreation Department, interns also worked with various City Departments including Public Works, Fire, Health, Housing, Library and Information Services, Transportation, City Manager’s Office, City Attorney’s Office, Finance, Human Resources and Water and Power.

In Seasonal Recreation Programming, up to 1,886 registered for youth sports, fitness and wellness and enrichment activities for all ages for Summer Session I which ran from May 6 through June 29. Another batch of 1,494 registered for Summer Session II which began on July 1 and will end on August 24.

The City’s Fall/Winter Recreation Guide is now available online and can be through

For more information on Fall programming and upcoming special events, call the Human Services and Recreation Department at {626} 744-4386.

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