Splash & Jam Kicks Off Third Season
Activities Offer Youth Safe Nighttime Alternatives This Summer
June 06, 2013
Local teens looking for fun on hot summer nights can plan on some jammin' good times as the City of Tallahassee today announced the return of the Splash & Jam program. The program was started in 2011 as a way to offer area youth safe alternatives for late night summer fun. In 2011, more than 1,500 people participated in the events. That number grew to more than 2,000 in 2012, and even more are expected to participate this year.
"I'm proud that the City is once again able to offer this unique program for area youth this summer," said City Commissioner Andrew Gillum, who first championed the idea for the events. "It's important for them to have access to fun, age appropriate activities, especially during the summer when they have more leisure time. Splash & Jam provides our youth a place that is just for them, and their parents can have peace of mind that it's a safe environment."
This year's program kicked off with a highly competitive Splash & Jam themed relay in the Walker-Ford Community Center gym. Taking part in the event were Mayor John Marks; City Commissioners Andrew Gillum, Scott Maddox and Nancy Miller; Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) Chief Dennis Jones; Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs (PRNA) Director Dee Crumpler; and local media personalities.
Contestants were split into two teams of three. Team members geared up and showed off their hottest dance moves as they jammed their way through Beach Ball Alley, tested their equilibrium with the Dizzy Dash, demonstrated their basketball skills and balanced a bundle of beach balls while shimmying under the limbo bar. Kids of all ages were there to cheer them on.
Hosted by PRNA and TPD, the Splash & Jam programs will be held from 8-11 p.m. every Friday this summer (except July 5), beginning tomorrow, June 7, and ending on August 16. Splash & Jam events are free and open to youth of all ages. They feature a variety of supervised, safe and fun activities taking place at four PRNA facilities known for being actively involved in their respective communities: the Jack L. McLean Aquatics Center and Community Center, the Walker-Ford Community Center, the Palmer Munroe Teen Center and the Lawrence-Gregory Community Center at Dade Street, including the Robinson Trueblood Pool.
This year's events are sponsored by United Health Care, Springtime Tallahassee Foundation, and DJ Lil Boy. They will feature pool parties at the aquatics facilities, with a deejay, food and other fun activities in the adjacent community centers, including music, late-night basketball, movies, games and more. Below is a full schedule of the 2013 Splash & Jam events.
- June 7 at Jack McLean Community Center, 700 Paul Russell Road
- June 14 at Palmer Munroe Teen Center, 1900 Jackson Bluff Road (There will not be swimming at this event.)
- June 21 at Walker-Ford Community Center, 2301 Pasco Street
- June 28 at Lawrence-Gregory Community Center, 1115 Dade Street
- July 12 at Jack McLean
- July 19 at Walker-Ford
- July 26 at Lawrence-Gregory
- August 2 at Jack McLean
- August 9 at Walker-Ford
- August 16 at Lawrence-Gregory
Each event will be monitored by adult chaperones, City staff and police officers, with a focus on a safe, fun environment.
Splash & Jam is a collaborative effort between Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs and the Tallahassee Police Department. For more information, please contact PRNA at 891-3866 or visit Talgov.com/parks. You can also stay up-to-date by liking both PRNA and TPD on Facebook.
Dee Crumpler, Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs, 891-3866; Officer David Northway, Tallahassee Police Department, 556-1726; or Alison Faris, Communications Department, 891-8533
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