Local junior high and high school youths who are participating in the Youth Summer Fun program with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department will face members of the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) in a little friendly basketball and soccer challenge later this month as the ICPD hosts its first annual “Do You See Me Now?” competition.

The two events are scheduled as part of the Parks and Recreation’s Summer Fun program, introduced this summer to provide teens with opportunities for positive interaction, education, relationship building, and fun during summer break. Activities are held each evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street in Iowa City.

Enrollment is open and no fees are charged for the program to keep youth engaged and able to attend as often as possible. In addition, transportation is provided to and from off-site activities, such as trips to City Park Pool, and bus passes have been made available at no cost to participants who face transportation challenges. 

The program is part of the City’s summer recreation programming.  City recreation staff offer activities such as basketball, volleyball, double-dutch, crafts, gardening and more.

As part of the Summer Fun program, the Iowa City Police Department has invited participants to two “Do You See Me Now?” challenges aimed at building positive relationships between participants and officers.

On Wednesday, July 27, officers will host a basketball game between the ICPD and Summer Fun participants at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 200 S. Gilbert Street. Dinner and a meet-and-greet session between youth and the officers will kick off the event at 5 p.m., with the game scheduled to follow at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, July 30, youth in the Summer Fun program will take on officers and their families in a soccer game beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Grant Wood Elementary soccer field, 1930 Lakeside Drive.

The Summer Fun program will end August 19, just before the new school year begins on August 24.

For additional information on the program, contact Community Service Officer Henri Harper at 319-356-5275 or Sgt. Scott Gaarde at 319-356-5275.

Date of publication

Thursday, July 21, 2016