Friends of Chula Vista Parks and Recreation, a non-profit community organization, recently
rescued the Citys summer youth fitness program with a $7,100 donation. The popular eightweek
program, Fun, Fit & Free! Days, offers children ages 6-14, instruction and participation in
a variety of aerobic activities including soccer, basketball, track and field sports, water polo,
and hip hop dance classes. Thanks to the non-profits generous support, classes got underway
this weekon schedule-- at nine recreation centers and pools throughout the City.
A number of free fitness programs were casualties of the Citys budget crisis. Over the past 18
months, the Citys budget has been cut by $30 million and 173 positions have been lost.
Funding for recreation has been reduced by $2 million.
In these tough economic times, community support is more important than ever, said
Recreation Director Buck Martin. In light of the child obesity epidemic sweeping the nation, we
need more health and wellness programs for our childrennot less.
In order to continue providing some of the popular programs endangered by budget cuts,
Martin and his department are approaching local businesses and community service
organizations for financial support. Fun, Fit and Free! Days is a program that will be offered
throughout the year if funding becomes available.
Fun, Fit and Free! Days will be combined with the free Summer Food Lunch Program (SFLP),
which offers nutritious lunches and snacks to children ages 18 and younger. The SFLP is
offered at Loma Verde, Otay and Parkway Centers in cooperation with the USDA Healthy
Families Program, the Chula Vista Elementary School District and the City of Chula Vista.
For businesses and community service organizations interested in funding other recreation
programs for Chula Vistas children, contact Recreation Director Buck Martin at (619) 409-
5966 or email@example.com .