BOARDMAN - Between FUNtastic Kidz and the teen summer program, children in Boardman have a smorgasbord of activities to keep them busy Mondays through Thursdays.

Blaine Ganvoa, recreation director for Boardman Park and Recreation district, and Crystal Weseman, assistant director, have reeled local youths in with fishing, cycling, rollerblading, disc golf, soccer, Frisbee games, paddle boating and kayaking.

Weseman, who also heads up the FUNtastic Kidz program, said children from 5-12 participate in arts and crafts, games, music and educational programs from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

The program even offers free transportation. However, the teen program, which runs from 1-4 p.m., doesn't provide transportation to the recreation office located at One West Marine Drive.

"I like to choose what we do - it's never boring," Paul Keefer, 16, said.

Keefer has participated in the summer program for four years and said it's more than just an excuse to get out of the house or stay out of trouble.

"It's just straight-up fun," he said.

Carlos Garcia, 16, enjoys participating in activities with friends.

"It's just a lot of fun," he said as he tried to dodge out of the line of fire during a water fight.

When the mercury reached triple digits last week, Raymond Thomas, 13, said he enjoyed playing football in the sprinklers.

"It's just a place to hang out with friends and have fun," he said.

The program also purchased 12 bicycles with a Cycle Oregon grant. They're used in the recreation program and also are available for rent at the park.

Ganvoa said during the week of July 16-20, a bus will take participants to the Hermiston Family Aquatic Center for swim lessons. For $25, teens and children will board the bus daily at 9:45 a.m. at the park and recreation office, participate in an hour swim lesson and then return to Boardman by 12:15 p.m.

Call 481-7217 for more information about the summer program and swim lessons.

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