Registration opens Monday, June 21 for the city of Allentown’s eight-week free summer playground program now in its 107th year.
The city’s summer playground program began in 1914 when General Harry C. Trexler and Mrs. Trexler sponsored an outing called “Romper Day.” The celebration is still the culminating event of the summer and consists of various games, relay races, dances and much more.
“I welcome all children back to our summer playground program,” said Mayor Ray O’Connell. “Pandemic social distancing guidelines kept us from offering the program last summer. We are happy to once again offer sports like basketball, wiffleball, kickball, and soccer, and arts and crafts and other activities, all of which are supervised by playground instructors.”
The city offers playground activities for children ages 7-to-15 at 18 locations. Hours are 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, including free lunch!
Playground registrants can participate in an end of the year celebration on Monday, August 9 at 7 p.m. Romper Day Celebration at J. Birney Crum Stadium.
Daily participants are eligible to win free prizes at the end of the season, including bicycles, scooters, skateboards, sporting equipment, arts and crafts supplies and much more.
A complete list of sites is available on the city website at https://www.allentownpa.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Recreation/Summer-Playground-Program or www.allentownparksandrec.com .