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FRESH Hangout Zone for Teens Returns to Urbana


URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Students will return to class soon. While the kids are looking for places to enjoy the rest of their summer, a visit to the park would be a good option to soak up the sun and have fun with their friends.

The Urbana Park District invites teens to join their FRESH Hangout Zone at 3 p.m. at Blair Park on Friday. It lasts until 5:30 p.m. This series of events takes place on certain Fridays in the summer. Kids will occupy their time with Nintendo Switch games, Chromebook, pizza, snow cones, basketball, board games and crafts.

Park District environmental education coordinator Chelsea Prahl said the hangout zone provides teens with a safe place to continue socializing outside of school, whether that’s meeting new people or inviting their friends for a fun afternoon.

Prahl said the hangout zone also connects kids to the community by showing them what the park neighborhood has to offer. She said Blair Park’s amenities were specifically designed for teenagers because of the nearby middle and high schools. Today’s young participants will be the first to take advantage of the newly constructed challenge course.

“It’s really great to see teenagers trying new things and sharing what they love to do with their friends,” Prahl said.

If you weren’t able to make it to Friday’s event, they’ll have another session on August 5 at 3 p.m.