Splash & Jam Kicks Off in Tallahassee

By: City of Tallahassee Release
By: City of Tallahassee Release

Tallahassee, Florida - May 22, 2012 -

Local teens looking for fun on hot summer nights can plan on some jammin' good times as the City of Tallahassee today announced the return of the Splash & Jam program. The program was started last year as a way to offer area youth safe alternatives for late night summer fun. In 2011, more than 1,500 people participated in the events.

The 2012 program was announced this morning at the City's Jack L. McLean Jr. Aquatics Center and Community Center. Taking part in a ceremonial "first splash" with area teens were Mayor Pro Tempore Andrew Gillum; Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) Chief Dennis Jones; Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs (PRNA) Director Dee Crumpler; City officials; and members of the local news media. Mayor John Marks led the countdown to splashdown. Area pastors and local community officials also attended the event.

"I'm proud that the City, with the help of the community, is able to offer this unique program for our young people again this summer," Gillum said. "Having participated in last year's Splash & Jam events, I can attest to their success and importance. Young people thrive when they have constructive, safe opportunities to socialize in a wholesome environment. As a community, we should be proud that we can provide them those opportunities, especially during the summer when they have more leisure time."

Hosted by PRNA and TPD, the Splash & Jam programs will be held every Friday this summer (except July 6), beginning next week on June 1, and ending on August 10. Splash & Jam events are free and open to youth of all ages. They feature a variety of supervised, safe and fun activities taking place at four 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, the Palmer Munroe Teen Center and the Lawrence-Gregory Community Center at Dade Street, including the Robinson Trueblood Pool.

The events will feature pool parties at the aquatics facilities, with a deejay, food and other fun activities in the adjacent community centers, including music, late-night basketball, movies, games and more. This year's events are proudly sponsored by a variety of local businesses and organizations. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Below is a full schedule of the 2012 Splash & Jam events.

June 1 at Walker Ford Community Center, 2301 Pasco Street, sponsored by the Tallahassee Police Athletic League and Sunshine Savings Bank
June 8 at Palmer Munroe Teen Center, 1900 Jackson Bluff Road, sponsored by Whataburger
June 15 at Lawrence Gregory Community Center, 1115 Dade Street, sponsored by Gail Bookkeeping
June 22 at Walker Ford, sponsored by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
June 29 at Jack McLean Community Center, 700 Paul Russell Road, sponsored by Piggy's BBQ
July 13 at Lawrence Gregory, sponsored by Whataburger
July 20 at Jack McLean, sponsored by Piggy's BBQ
July 27 at Walker Ford, sponsored by Piggy's BBQ and Sunshine Savings Bank
August 3 at Lawrence Gregory, sponsored by Piggy's BBQ
August 10 at Jack McLean, sponsored by Whataburger
Each event will be monitored by adult chaperones, City staff and police officers, with a focus on a safe, fun environment.

"We started Splash & Jam to help address the increase in youth and young adult crime in early 2011," said Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones. "Thanks to the support of the City Commission, we were able to give our youth a positive, fun option. Additionally, we are thankful for our sponsors, without whom we wouldn't be able to continue the program this year. Community involvement with our youth is paramount in building up the next generation."

Last year, 14 separate Splash & Jam events were held at three community centers (Lawrence Gregory, Walker Ford and Jack McLean). Attendance at each event averaged between 100-150 youth and family members.

Splash & Jam is a collaborative effort between Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs and the Tallahassee Police Department. For more information, please contact PRNA at 891-3866 or visit online at Talgov.com/parks.

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  • by v'squared on May 23, 2012 at 05:17 PM
    dont do the poorer communities. not all kids are in trouble their because richer kids are just as bad and worst then the "poorer kids" because their spoiled n i happen to live in the nieghborhood and i am very rich thank you. >:(
  • by dkw Location: tallahassee on May 23, 2012 at 06:02 AM
    I understand that our tax money is not being used but I don't understand why it can't beheld at other pools like Trousdell, Forest Meadows or Levy Park.
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      by Sara on May 23, 2012 at 06:47 AM in reply to dkw
      Don't believe for a minute that our tax money is NOT being used. Just because some restaurants are providing food and businesses are underwriting some of the cost, "City staff and Police officers are going to be monitoring the activities", which equals tax payer money.
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        by Anonymous on May 25, 2012 at 09:24 AM in reply to Sara
        the idea is that if we contribute now we wont have to contribute later to boarding some of these kids in a DJJ facility. It is easy for kids with nothing to do to fall into bad crowds. and we cannnot staff splash and jam events at other pools.
  • by annonymous on May 22, 2012 at 07:04 PM
    I don't understand why this event is not going to be held at Trousdell or Forest Meadows. Free events being offered only to a few areas of town. I don't understand why the kids in my neighborhood are not being offered this same opportunity closer to home. Thanks City of Tallahassee for placing my tax money, once again, to serve others.
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      by S.Kelley on May 22, 2012 at 08:03 PM in reply to annonymous
      It's being held at those specific pools because that's where the community centers are. This is an attempt to keep kids in poorer neighborhoods out of trouble. Not to mention, if you even listened to the news report, you would know that each event is being sponsored by local companies, and other individuals who work for the city. So, they aren't using your tax money for someone else.
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        by annonymous on May 22, 2012 at 09:37 PM in reply to S.Kelley
        well thanks for proving my point...why are the community centers only in the "poorer neighborhoods"????
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          by w on May 23, 2012 at 02:18 PM in reply to annonymous
          Government buildings and non-profits don't contribute to the tax base (see all the arguments about land FSU and FAMU take up). A community center in the north of town would could double - it would take away from taxes businesses and homeowners pay, and it would cost in terms of utilities, staff, maintenance...all of that assuming you don't even think about what the county would have to pay to buy out a landowner and build the place. People in the north end of town are expected to make and pay for their children's opportunities themselves. It is a double standard.
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          by Anonymous on May 25, 2012 at 09:24 AM in reply to annonymous
          .... right. cause white people need the help....
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      by S.Kelley on May 22, 2012 at 08:14 PM in reply to annonymous
      The Splash and Jams are an attempt to keep teens out of trouble on the weekends late night. If you listened to the news report you would know that each separate even is being sponsored by local businesses and government officials out of pocket, SO they aren't "placing your tax money to serve others".
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      by Grace on May 23, 2012 at 06:55 AM in reply to annonymous
      your kids are not being given these opportunities because you and your neighbors are not "squeaky wheels", complaining that your kids get into trouble because they have nothing to do in the summer. They know that you, being taxpayers, are willing to work hard to provide for your own children. Some individuals have been taught that they don't have to work at all, and government will provide everything for them and however many illegitimate kids they want to pop out. Yes, they use YOUR hard earned money, and it's not fair, but what can I say?
  • by NOMNOM on May 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM
    Rob, you're a goob.
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      by Anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 01:04 PM in reply to NOMNOM
      What's a goob?
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        by anon on May 22, 2012 at 07:05 PM in reply to
        if you don't know, look it up, thats what Google is for
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        by NOMNOM on May 23, 2012 at 08:18 AM in reply to
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