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Parks & Recreation Keeps Children Busy During Summer

Post Date:05/31/2019 1:15 PM

(Fayetteville, N.C.) — Children may be out of school for the summer but Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation has plenty of opportunities to keep them busy.

Splash pads, which feature extended hours again this summer, drew over 24,000 people last summer in Fayetteville and Cumberland County and pools attracted approximately 64,000 patrons. Summer basketball participation was 1,210 and summer volleyball had 305 participants in 2018.

Summer camp participation last year was 6,416 with a daily average of 713 at 15 sites, with sports camps drawing 465 children. The following summer camps still have openings this summer:

  • Summer Day Camp
  • Summer Playground Camp
  • Outdoor Adventure Weeks
  • Growing Up Wild Days
  • Survival Week
  • Summer Adventures Week
  • Tiny Trailblazers
  • Shining Stars Cultural Arts Summer Camp
  • Little Picassos Art Camp
  • Mixed Up Art Camp
  • Masterpiece Art Camp
  • Basketball, football, soccer, cheer, volleyball, softball, baseball, tennis, golf and swim camps.

According to a study of camper outcomes conducted by Philliber Research Associates, 70 percent of parents report that their child gained self-confidence while at camp. Additionally, a study in the American Journal of Health Behavior shows that camps that offer wholesome foods are more likely to turn out campers who eat more fruits and vegetables.

For more information about summer camps, log onto or call 910-433-1547. Details about summer volleyball and summer basketball is located at To register for summer camps or sports, parents should call their local recreation center or access the registration forms at by clicking on “Online Registration” at the top right. Hours and more information about splash pads and pools can be found at under Aquatics.


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