The 4th annual “Splash into Summer” donation drive will be held on Friday, June 1, from 6am-6pm at Walmart West and Walmart East. The donation drive is a project of the Evansville Parks Foundation in partnership with local corporate sponsors and community supporters. The goal is to collect donated items that will be given to children and families to make swimming more affordable while encouraging attendance at city swimming pools and participation in local swimming competitions.

Suggested items for the donation drive are swim trunks and bathing suits in all sizes for children and adults, beach towels and swim diapers. Cash donations are welcome. The money will be used to help offset the cost of free cookouts for swimmers at neighborhood pools this summer and to cover the pool admission for children from families that cannot afford to pay.

The cookouts will be from 11:30am-1pm at Garvin Pool on Saturday, June 10, Lorraine Pool on June 16, Helfrich Pool on July 7, Rochelle-Landers Pool on July 14, and Mosby Pool on July 21. Swimmers will receive a free hot dog, bag of chips, bottled water and a cookie with each admission to the pool. Swimming suits, beach towels and swim diapers collected during the donation drive will be available for families who cannot afford swimming attire.

Donated items may also be dropped off Monday through Friday during regular business hours at the Department of Parks and Recreation office located at the C.K. Newsome Community Center, 100 E. Walnut Street. Tax-deductible cash contributions may be mailed to the Evansville Parks Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 3112, Evansville IN, 47730.

For more information, contact Parks Department Executive Director Brian Holtz at 812-436-6141 or send email to: bkholtz@evansville.in.gov.

[Source: City of Evansville]