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The Chicago Park District recently announced that online registration for its summer programs and day camps opened April 4 at 9 a.m.

The typical day camp runs six weeks, from July 5 to August 12, and usually from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Many parks offer early morning and late-day sessions as well,” according to an April 1 statement released by park district. “Fees vary depending on location, offerings and hours. No child will be turned away for inability to pay.”

A quick search on the park district’s website, which is limited to parks in Austin, North Lawndale and West Garfield Park, returned more than 600 activities—included more than 600 programs such as a 16-inch softball leagues, adult swims, aquatic exercise, arts and crafts, open basketball and boxing.

“We’re preparing to make summer 2016 one of the best by giving campers a passport to the city and offering them a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy their neighborhoods through play,” said Michael P. Kelly, Chicago Park District general superintend and CEO, in the April 1 statement.  

The district offers financial assistance and family discounts to qualifying applicants. Those who don’t qualify can ask about the district’s payment plan options at their local parks. Most camps and programs will provide lunches and/or snacks in accordance with federal regulations.

Interested residents can register for programs online. For more information about certain programs, click here, contact your local park or call (312) 742-PLAY.


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To be employed as a Chicago Park District lifeguard in 2016, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of the City of Chicago.  Proof of residency MUST be presented at the lifeguard swim test.
  • Be 16 years of age, or older, by July 1, 2016.
  • Have a Chicago Park District Lifeguarding Card, valid in 2016 (given after passing the lifeguard swim test).
  • Have an American Red Cross Lifeguarding certificate, or equivalent, valid through 2016 to include the following components:
    • American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuer, or equivalent, valid through 2016
    • American Red Cross First Aid, or equivalent, valid through 2016
    • American Red Cross AED, or equivalent, valid through 2016
    • American Red Cross Oxygen Administration, or equivalent, valid through 2016
    • American Red Cross Bloodborne Pathogens Training or equivalent, valid through 2016