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Summer camp lottery starts

Laura Sturza

Parents who were unhappy with the city’s summer-camp registration

method, which had people camping out in George Izay Park to be first

in line, can use the city’s new lottery registration system starting

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Monday.

“We surveyed our folks and people were more interested in doing it

online or randomly,” said Mike Flad, director of Park, Recreation and

Community Services. "[This way] everyone has the same opportunity to

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sign their kids up.”

While space is always available at the camps, three programs have

been especially popular -- the camps at Verdugo and McCambridge parks

that feature trips to places like Disneyland and include swimming.

Those will be expanded by 25%, but the ratio of campers to counselors

will stay the same, Flad said.

“It’s going to be great for the parents because it’s going to be a

better opportunity for them to get their kids into these programs,”

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Recreation Coordinator Jennifer Griffin said. “In the past, there

have been waiting lists. So I don’t think we’ll be seeing as much of

that.”

Brochures for the camps, which outline the new process, are

available at recreation centers, City Hall and libraries.

Parents will be given a number when they register for the lottery.

On camp registration morning, May 3, a random number will be drawn.

The person with that number will register first, with registration

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following that pattern.

Summer swim lessons will use the same process, with lottery

registration running April 21 to May 7, and camp registration on May

10.


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