CORNING - The city’s popular Summer Parks Program will kick off Monday at Denison, Houghton, Stewart, Hillvue and William Street parks.

Chuck King, city director of parks and recreation, said the program, which runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, brings about 250 kids, ages 6-11, to city parks each day. The six-week program will end August 10.

“It gets kids off the couch to have them enjoy a fun, active summer,” King said. “It promotes physical and mental well-being through healthy recreational activities, and a special event is held every Friday.”

Alex Hamilton, professional recreation leader, the program features a variety of games, sports, arts and crafts, cultural events, nature activities and field trips.

Friday special events include swimming trips, rollerblade parties, ice cream journey, nature hikes and visits to local attractions.

“It’s a great time. Everyone seems to really enjoy it,” Hamilton said.

Breakfast snacks and lunch are provided to the children, King said. The program has about 20 staff members and nearly 30 junior counselors to help make the parks a safe, fun summer place.

Hamilton said staff members, who will supervise all activities and plan special events, recently completed a safety course at Stewart Park.

“The main reason we do the training is to teach the park staff how to effectively work with the lifeguards,” Hamilton said. “We want to make sure if something happens at the park and someone gets hurt the staff members know exactly what to do.”

The Summer TOT program will also open Monday at Hillvue Park, King said. The program is specifically designed for children 4 to 6 years old, and is more structured.

Time at the park is very flexible and kids may come and go as they please and are welcome anytime during the six weeks of activities at the parks, King said. All programs are free and open to the public.