Gray Launches 'Summer Fun' Initiative

6/10/2011, 5:37 p.m.

WI Online Editor

Mayor Vincent Gray is stretching his "One City" mantra into summer with the promise of a fun season.

Gray kicked launched the project this week, titled, "One City Summer Fun ... Something for Everyone." In addition to providing a safe and wholesome gamut of activities for both residents and visitors, the initiative - which also focuses on senior citizens - places special emphasis on D.C.'s youth who will be looking for ways to occupy their free time.

"This summer, our residents will have a full spectrum of stimulating activities, events and programs," Gray said in June 9 statement. "They can engage in fun, athletics, creativity, reading, learning, exploration, healthy living, volunteerism, and employment opportunities."

The initiative is a comprehensive and expanded citywide partnership that involves more than 30 District government agencies, community and faith-based organizations and private sector groups.

Among them are the University of the District of Columbia, which will offer a reading project for youth, and the District Department of Parks and Recreation which will participate in a globally-linked, record-setting swimming lesson on June 14 involving thousands of children and adults. Also, the city's Summer Youth Employment Program will provide 12,000 city youth, ages 14 to 21, with an enriching and constructive summer work experience.

Other events include a hip-hop theatre festival that runs from July 11-16 and the "Dance D.C. Festival slated for July 22-24.

More information can be obtained by visiting www.onecitysummer.dc.gov.