Kids can come to three local parks for fun activities, lunch and some summer reading starting next month.
The Fun, Food and Fiction summer program will return on June 4. The free program is a team effort by the Parks and Recreation Department, the Chickasaw Nation and the Ardmore Public Library.
Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Alicia Henry said the program’s decorated van will make its way to Ardmore Community Water Park, Broadlawn Park and Douglass Park Monday through Friday.
“We bring games and get the kids involved in the activities and the Chickasaw Nation brings a lunch,”  Henry said. “Then once a week, the library comes out, reads to them, does crafts and gives out books.”
Henry  said they had the idea last year after they found out the Chickasaw Nation was serving lunch at city parks.
“The idea of joining with them just made sense,” Henry  said. “If the kids are already coming to get food, let’s take advantage of that and get them active.”
Next, they contacted Daniel Gibbs with the Ardmore Public Library.
“He was just ecstatic,” Henry said. “Once everyone was on board, we made it happen pretty quickly last year.”
Parks employees will play games and lead activities with kids at the park who want to participate.
Henry  said that Douglass Park and the Ardmore Community Water Park will be new stops for the van this year.
The van will stop at the water park from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Broadlawn Park from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. and Douglass Park from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Anyone 18 years old or younger can participate. For updates about scheduling or the van’s locations, check the Parks and Recreation Facebook page at https://bit.ly/2H0GnBz.