The Houston Parks and Recreation Department announced Monday that its Summer Enrichment Program, which served as a day camp for kids at 19 locations across the city, is suspended until further notice because of health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program had been operating Monday through Friday at five community centers in or near the area: Candlelight Community Center, 1520 Candlelight Ln.; Love Community Center, 1000 W. 12th St.; Moody Park Community Center, 3725 Fulton St.; Stude Park Community Center, 1031 Stude St.; and Woodland Community Center, 212 Parkview St.
“This was a difficult decision to make as we understand the impact this will have on the families and children who have signed up for the Summer Enrichment Program,” Steve Wright, director of the parks department, said in a news release. “But in light of the changing circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and with regard to the safety of the families we serve as well as our staff, we felt this was the most responsible decision to make. We will continue to follow the advice of public health authorities regarding the safety and protection of everyone and remain committed to providing safe, wholesome activities at all of our community centers when we reopen.”
The city said its Curbside Meal Program, which provides free food to children age 18 and younger from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, will continue to operate at its community centers. Those locations include the five aforementioned centers along with four others in or near the area: Highland Park Community Center at 3316 De Soto St., Independence Heights Community Center at 6603 E. 35th St., Montie Beach Community Center at 915 Northwood St. and Proctor Plaza Park Community Center at 803 W. Temple St.