Building a better community

Where better to spend the summer than at the park? The Springfield Park District has scheduled some basketball fun each Tuesday evening and family fun nights on Thursday evenings at Comer Cox Park through Aug. 11. The events are free and no pre-registration is required. The basketball nights include free Gatorade and water, while the supplies last, and the family fun nights will see a variety of activities each week, such as fitness games and events, trivia and bingo, and even a talent show. The events are funded by a grant from the city of Springfield through its Community Development Block Grant Funds, and they are part of the Teen Empowerment Zone program. For a second year, the park district and city have partnered to create and implement this program which was designed to provide meaningful employment opportunities and programming initiatives for youth. Its goal is to build a better community by providing on-the-job training, life skills, leadership development and educational opportunities for at-risk youth between the ages of 14-22. But fun is also part of the program, so come on out, play some ball and join the Teen Empowerment Zone.

Teen Empowerment Zone
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-8 p.m., through August 11
Comer Cox Park
301 Martin Luther King Drive