If you're a longtime resident of Great Falls you may remember the "Park Grandmas," who came to area parks during the summer to play with kids. That program ended more than a decade ago due to budget cuts. But Get Fit Great Falls has organized a similar program called Park Pals.
Every weekday this summer, two "Park Pals" will organize a different physical activity and art or science project in an effort to bring more kids to five different parks around the city. They'll spend 45 minutes a day at each of them.
Program organizers say it's a great way to keep kids busy and active during the summer months. They hope with community support the program can expand.
"We really hope that in the future we'll be able to add more parks and expand it. We have 58 parks, we're in five of them this year. How great would it be to be in 10 next year and 15 the following?" Kim Skornogoski, marketing director for United Way of Cascade County, said.
We checked out the fun at Rhodes Park today, where kids were able to do a science experiment with pop rocks and play with Frisbees.
Get Fit Great Falls is also partnering with the Great Falls Public Schools food truck when possible so kids can get a free meal before or after they come to play.
The free program runs at Gibson, Verde, Rhodes, Lion's and Pinski Parks until August 12th.