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Summer Fun Is Affordable In Riverbank
Pallet Skid
A pair of youngsters takes to an unorthodox mode of travel in the Riverbank Skate Park. Last week, they found a small pallet on which to slide down the cement hills of the facility. Although not designed for use in the park, they apparently found an acceptable ratio of weight-to-friction for gravity to help with the descent down the slope. News Photos By Ric McGinnis

With the end of the school year, Riverbank youngsters have many free activities in which to participate, while relaxing away those balmy summer hours.

Absolutely free, and available during daylight hours, are places like the skate park, Jacob Myers Park and others around town, that feature playground equipment. In the case of JMP, there’s the Stanislaus River to help residents keep cool.

In addition to free movies each Wednesday after the Certified Farmers Market at Community Center Park, there will be several free movie nights at Jacob Myers Park this summer.

On Saturday, June 25, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! is scheduled to be shown. On July 16, look for the Box Trolls and on Aug. 6, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is set to be shown.

There are many other activities and camps scheduled throughout the summer, some free, some with fees attached. There’s also the Teen Center, next to the Community Center on Santa Fe, across from Cardozo Middle School, with summer hours and fun activities for local teens.

The Parks and Recreation Department Office in City Hall North, 6707 Third St., has Activity Guides available for free, and registration for programs can be done there or online, at

The Rec office number is 209-863-7150.

Financial assistances and/or scholarships are available for certain programs.