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Safe Parks looks out for children

Alex Julkowski, left, tries beading with mom Kim Julkowski, right, and SAFE Parks chaperone Lori Langton.

Kids and parents looking for a "SAFE" outing on a summer day can stop by Heartland Park Monday through Thursday. 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. Although the program was scaled down this year due to budget cuts, the volunteers are still on hand every day to provide a safe, chaperoned environment outdoors.

"The parents know we're here and they know it's a safe place," said Lori Langton, who's been working with the program for four seasons.

"There is always eyes on the kids," added parent Jessica Jordan.

To celebrate the 4th of July holiday, kids met this week at Heartland Park to make beaded American flags and get their hands dirty with splatter paint that represented fireworks.

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

On Mondays and Wednesdays, children work with beads and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they try finger weaving. Friday is the Hubbard County Historical Society's turn to host the children by offering arts and crafts at the museum.

Children ages 6 and under must be accompanied by adults. Older children can stop by any time on their own.

The program runs through August at Heartland Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is also a SAFE Parks program in the Akeley City Park that's held Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m.