On Wednesday, June 26, the Des Plaines Park District Park It! Patrol made their second stop of the summer in Apache Park, 2100 Pine Street. Each summer, The Park It! Patrol brings organized games, activities, and crafts to neighborhood parks across the district. For six weeks, on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm, the public is invited to play beachball volleyball and soccer, badminton, croquet, bocce ball, bags, beanbag lawn darts, and wiffleball in the park's open space, as well as enjoy all of the park's playground equipment and amenities.
At Apache Park, over 50 friends and neighbors came out to play badminton, giant jenga, soccer, horseshoes, and the new Noc-It Towers: a Frisbee skill game. Children tossed finned nerf balls, played parachute games, and tried their luck at the old-fashioned "knock the cans" carnival game. Families also played tug of war with a rope that stretched half way across the park.
The goal of the Park It! Patrol is to encourage children and adults to rediscover their neighborhood park. The parks in the District are outfitted with a variety of playground equipment for climbing, swinging, and sliding. They are designed to provide strength training and muscle development, coordination and balance, and creative play. Parks have benches for reading and enjoying nature, and picnic tables where friends and neighbors gather for a snack and conversation.
The Park It! Patrol will be in: Willow Park, 1314 Willow Avenue on July 9; Sesquicentennial Park, 255 Grove Street on July 16; Seminole Park, 3100 Scott Street on July 23; and Potawatomie Park, 1190 Prairie Avenue on July 30. Games, crafts, and activities happen from 6:30-8:00pm, and all are free!
For a map of the locations of the parks, and to see all of the park's features, see the extensive Parks section at www.DPParks.org. For more information about classes, programs, and events and free summer time activities at the Des Plaines Park District, visit www.DPParks.org, or call 847-391-5700.