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Published on May 23, 2024
Brooklyn Park Celebrates Older Americans Month, Unveils Summer Lineup of Activities and Financial Aid OptionsSource: Google Street View

Brooklyn Park is buzzing with a roster of summer activities catering to both youngsters and the young at heart. As May pays tribute to Older Americans with its theme, "Powered by Connection," seniors are getting special attention with the city offering a variety of programs designed to enhance their social, technological, and recreational engagement.

This year, Mayor Hollies Winston affirmed the value of the city's older residents, stating their lives and contributions are worth celebrating. Brooklyn Park is offering free information sessions including a Medicare 101 webinar, and a class addressing the surge in home monitoring systems like Ring, reported This Week in Recreation & Parks. For those looking to broaden their horizons, a Duluth Vista Cruise is on the calendar for August 6, with a choice of lunch and scenic views on the docket.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Park residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their sneakers for the 2024 Step To It challenge, offering the chance to win Minnesota Twins tickets. No fancy tech is required; participants can log their activity on the dedicated program website. And with summer around the corner spots are filling up for various camps, providing children with a host of activities, from sports to arts and crafts.

In the realm of financial aid, Brooklyn Park takes a stand. The city's fee assistance program aims to lessen the cost burden of participating in recreation programs by up to 75%, depending on income level. Scholarships don't cover all the bases, though, as facility fees, athletic leagues, private lessons or trips are off the financial assistance table, This Week in Recreation & Parks reported.

Wrapping up the park's bustling events pipeline, the Tater Daze Parade and Community Gathering is poised to connect neighbors and celebrate diverse heritage on June 1. Expect a lineup of performances and a variety of food trucks, including gyros and ice cream. The day promises a community-building atmosphere with a side of family-friendly fun. And shutterbugs rejoice, a beginner’s photography class kicks off in June, perfect for honing skills in time for a city-wide photo contest later this year.