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Swimming, arts, reading highlight Parks & Rec summer

LifeLine Ambulance EMT D.J. Swartwout and EMT Russ Nagy take a 20-year-old patient who overdosed on heroin to YRMC West Campus for further treatment.

LifeLine Ambulance EMT D.J. Swartwout and EMT Russ Nagy take a 20-year-old patient who overdosed on heroin to YRMC West Campus for further treatment.

CHINO VALLEY - The Aquatic Center at Community Center Park, 1615 N. Road 1 East, officially opens its outdoor pool to the public today and will remain open through Sept. 2.

The pool has a weekly schedule of lap swimming, the Yavapai College Aqua Fit program, Adult/Therapy Swim, swimming lessons, open swimming, aqua aerobics and a series of special events.

Amy Larsen, recreation coordinator for the Chino Valley Parks and Recreation Department, said swim lessons start June 11.

In addition to swimming, Parks and Rec is sponsoring a Youth Summer Literacy Program for children age 7-12 from

June 18 to July 24. The five-week program runs Monday through Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on those dates and culminates with two youth productions of "The Pale Pink Dragon" July 23 and 24 at Territorial Elementary School.

To participate, one must register by June 8 at a cost of $25 per person. Space is limited to about 60 children.

"We focus on drama and art design," Larsen said. "The program helps kids be more outgoing and learn more about the drama and arts part of literacy."

The department is also promoting the Boys & Girls Club Summer Program, another five-week event with a variety of activities for youth ages

6-12 at Territorial Elementary School.

This program lasts from June 18 to July 24, running Monday through Friday from noon-6 p.m.

To register for the Boys & Girls Club program, visit the Aquatic Center. For information on registration and costs, contact Nancy Basick, director of operations, at 759-3205 or log on to www.bgccaz.org.

To find out more about the literacy program or other activities at Chino Valley Parks and Rec this summer, call 636-9780 or visit www.chinoaz.net.

Contact the reporter at dcook@prescottaz.com