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Julia Harmon adds detail to her tiny Play-Doh project Thursday. She participates in the SAFE Parks program at Heartland Park in Park Rapids. Kids and parents can attend to participate in arts and crafts and other activities in a safe environment.1 / 2
Parker Harmon and Marcus Hoemke work on Play-Doh projects Thursday at Heartland Park in Park Rapids through the SAFE Parks program. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)2 / 2

Kids have a place to go for fun each day of the week through the SAFE Parks program.

The SAFE Parks - Safe and Fun Environment - program offers a variety of activities for children of all ages.

The Headwaters Intervention Center hosts the program every summer. Volunteers are on hand every day to provide a safe, chaperoned environment outdoors.

"We have bead work Monday, Wednesday, Friday, friendship bracelets, splatter painting, all kinds of activities," said Lori Langton, who works with the program at Heartland Park in Park Rapids.

Last week for the Fourth of July children made special patriotic themed projects.

The SAFE Parks program is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Heartland Park in Park Rapids, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Akeley's Beach Park and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Muskie Park in Nevis.

The program provides a safe place for children to spend the day with supervision.

Every day of the week has a different theme and additional opportunities for arts and crafts as well as the park's recreation offerings.

Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by adults. Older children can stop by any time on their own.

The program runs through Aug. 13 at Heartland Park. Christmas in July will be July 26-30 and Halloween in August will be Aug. 2-6. The last week will feature a picnic.

"People come and go all day," said Kim Harmon, who also works with the program.

"The big thing is, if the white sign is hanging up, we're here," Langton said.

The program is funded completely by donations. For more information, or to donate, call the Headwaters Intervention Center at 732-7413.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561
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