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Recreation van plans visits to Kingman parks

A roving program for kids will make its first stop of the summer at multiple local parks this week.

The Parks and Recreation "Vantastic" mobile recreation program will visit Cecil Davis Park at 601 Van Buren from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday before moving to Pawnee Park at 2199 Pawnee Drive from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pawnee Park is a new addition after one of the lesser-attended parks from years past was dropped last year.

The van will them stop at the same two parks at the same times each Tuesday through July 24.

On Wednesday, the van will visit Firefighters Park, 2001 Detroit Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by Metcalfe Park, 315 W. Beale Street, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Those visits will continue each Wednesday through July 25.

On Thursday, it's Walleck Ranch Park's turn from 10 a.m. to noon at 3851 Willow Road, then Canyon Shadows Park at 720 Crestwood Drive from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Those visits will continue each Thursday through July 26.

Vantastic has been around for more than 15 years, said Yvonne Cossio, superintendent of recreation. The van used to be a blue Volkswagen that wasn't supposed to go onto the highway because it couldn't crack 55 miles per hour. That vehicle was retired four or so years ago in favor of a Buick Rendezvous, which is actually an SUV rather than a van but was already in the department's fleet.

Cossio said games, activities and crafts will all be offered, with the same crafts being offered at all parks during the same week.

She said children of all ages are invited for the free activities but cautioned parents that the two Parks and Recreation employees who run the program cannot replace parental supervision.

The program was almost cut out of the department's budget until 2010, when Kingman Regional Medical Center began providing the sponsorship to keep the van and its activities running.

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