Tallahassee, Florida - August 17, 2011 -
Wrapping up a very successful run of supervised and safe nighttime activities geared to local teens, the City of Tallahassee will host the two final Splash & Jam pool parties this week. The events will be held Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Jack L. McLean Jr. Community Center and Friday, Aug. 19 at the Lawrence-Gregory Community Center at Dade Street. Both events will take place from 8-11 p.m. A planned event on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Walker-Ford Community Center has been cancelled due to conflicts with other local activities.
Splash & Jam was designed to offer area youth safe alternatives for late night summer fun. The programs were developed by the City's Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department (PRNA) and Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) as part of a comprehensive strategic plan addressing youth and young adult crime in the community. The Tallahassee City Commission endorsed the initiative, which proved to be wildly popular as over 1,000 youth participated in the events that began July 21.
"I'm proud that City staff were able to offer this unique program for our young people this summer," said City Commissioner Andrew Gillum. "Having participated in several Splash & Jam events, I can attest to their success, both in terms of numbers of youth participating, and the fact that the parties afforded our youth a constructive means to socialize in a safe and wholesome environment." Key to the events' success was the ability for youth to interact with adult mentors, including police officers and PRNA staff, as well as each other.
The Splash & Jam programs were held at three PRNA facilities known for being actively involved in their respective communities, the Jack L. McLean Aquatics Center and Community Center, the Walker Ford Community Center and the Lawrence-Gregory Community Center at Dade Street, including the Robinson Trueblood Pool. The 'splash' component featured pool parties while youth also enjoyed 'jamming' at house parties with music, late-night basketball, movies, games and more.
Each event was monitored by adult chaperones, City staff and police officers, with a focus on a safe, fun environment. For more information, please contact PRNA at 891-3866 or visit Talgov.com/parks. You can also find out more information about current PRNA events by liking PRNA on Facebook or following @COTParks on Twitter.
Contact: Ashley Edwards, Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs, 891-3866; or Bill Behenna, Communications Department, 891-8533