LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A program through Lafayette Parks and Recreation combines community service with a little fun.
The program is called Workreation and aims to involve children in the community while working towards a reward.
Participants, ages 7 to 17, spend an hour on weekday mornings cleaning and maintaining Lafayette’s parks. At the end of the hour, kids are rewarded with a pass that can be used for admission to any of Lafayette’s aquatic facilities.
According to pool and grounds manager Gabe Obermiller, it’s a great way to teach kids about teamwork and responsibility.
“A lot of these kids haven’t had their first job yet or anything,” Obermiller said. “But, there’s something to be said for getting this award, a little pool pass at the end to help the community, help the parks and keep the parks clean. It’s a really cool thing to see , especially when they’re excited to get their pool pass at the end.”
In addition to taking place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Columbian Park, Workreation also takes place on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Castaway Bay and at the same time on Tuesdays at Vinton Pool. .
“Take those registration forms to me or the park offices and we’ll put them on file and we can start them anytime in the summer,” Obermiller said.
Workreation runs until July 29 and you can register here.