The annual Oil City summer playground program opened this week at the Hasson Park, Harriott Avenue, Innis Street and Rouseville playgrounds.

Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday with evening sessions set for 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

The program is open free to area youngsters ages five to 12, and no advance registration is required. The activities include organized games, free play, crafts, kickball, softball, board games and more.

The program is funded by the Elizabeth S. Black Charitable Trust and is coordinated by local teacher Evan Basham. It has been sponsored by the Oil City YWCA for the past 42 years.

The staff consists of 12 high school seniors or college students and each playground has three staff members on site. Numerous health precautions, including temperature screenings, steady sanitation of materials and more are in place at each playground.

Oil City School District is delivering free lunches to the sites at 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The program will run through July 24.

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