After careful consideration of health guidelines and safety concerns amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department says it's canceling youth programs scheduled to start in June.

But something fun is still in the works for the kids and they'll only have to go as far as their nearest city park. Look out for the "Rollin' Recmobile"! It will tentatively launch on June 22 and operate six days a week. The City of Cedar Rapids website says "the Rollin’ Recmobile provides flexibility to offer youth recreation activities while following health guidelines for COVID-19. During the initial phase, families will be able to pick up projects and activities to do together, in the park or at home".

Social distancing guidelines will continue to ease but the Rollin' Recmobile will also have the latest safety guidelines in mind. It will start out with families and kids being able to pick up projects and activities to do either at home or in the park. When it's safe for smaller, socially-distanced groups to get together, that will be allowed, until eventually, even larger groups can enjoy activities together such as sports games, fitness classes, reading opportunities, displaying animals from Old MacDonald’s Farm, and more.

The Rollin’ Recmobile will stop at Bever, Cedar Valley, Cherry Hill, Cleveland, Daniels, Hayes, Hidder, Greene Square, Jacolyn, Jones, Noelridge, Redmond, and Time Check Parks. Each of the thirteen park stops will include free food options and an opportunity to use free WIFI from the van. The program is possible due to a $10,698 grant from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation and a $6,000 donation from Cedar Rapids Kiwanis.

As soon as they are ready to launch, the schedule of stops the Rollin' Recmobile will make will be available online here.

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