Box 21, Folder 35, Document 6

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Box 21, Folder 35, Document 6

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October 1~, 1967
ATLANTA, GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
R. EARL LANDERS, Administrative Assistant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Executive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmenta: liaison
Dr. John Letson, School Superintendent
Mr. Jack Delius, General Manager, Parks Department
Miss Virginia Carmichael, Recreation Director, Parks
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
Transfer of Summer Recreation Programs
to School System
Each summe r f o r the last several years, it has b e come increasingly
more apparent that the de ve lopment and implementation of comp re hensive recreation programs in low income sections of the City of
Atlanta is absolutely essential for the reduction of obvious factors
which cause problems of juvenile delinquency and social disorders.
The large-scale special recreation program this summer pro ve d
conclusively the v alue of such an all-out coordinated effort. More
than 125, 000 youngste rs from disadv ant a g e d commun iti e s took part
in programs prov ided by 33 agencies through th e recr e ation funds
made available by th e Office of Economic Opportunity, the City of
Atlanta and the local ag e ncies .
It was the first summer many of these boys and girls had been
afford e d the opportunity to p a rticipate in sup e r v is e d r e cr e ation
acti v ities.· The fact that Atlant a' exp e ri e nced a summe r of calm
w ith a minimum o f frictions w hich plagued other citie s spe aks we ll
for this summe r's acti v ity .
�Page Two
October 18, 1967
The truth of the matter is that anyone who wished to participate
in organized recreation in Atlanta this year could do so within his
own neighborhood.
All this has strengthened my firm belief that a well planned, adequately
financed and staffed summer program of recreation is vital to the
supervision of our young people during the long vacation period.
In order to plan, finance, and operate the desired program, every
existing public facility and resource must be utilized to the maximum.
All available federal aids as well as private assistance must also be
incorporated into such a program.
There are at present 121 elementary and 26 high schools in the City
School System. All of the eleme ntary schools and all of the high
schools have playgrounds or areas suitable for outdoor play adjacent
to the schools.
There ar e 15 gymnasiums and two sports stadiums include d in the
facilities of the school system. In addition, almost all schools have
auditoriums, cafeterias and other tools which should be utilized in
a comprehensive summer program of recreation.
The public elementary and high school is the one community facility
which most directly affects the lives of the greatest number of
people in a community. Virtually all youngsters between the ages
6 - 18 are unde r the supervision of teachers, cQaches and/or other
school officials for nine months of the year.
It seems to me that a summer recreation program which is orie nted
to the school facilities would pro v ide for an orde rly and m e aningful
e x tension of supe rvision for a full twelve months. To place dir e ct
responsibility for summe r recreation w ith the schools w ould ena ble
school officials to b e tt e r coordin at e y e ar-around school and youth
activities . _Summe r school, spei!ial e nrichme nt p r ograms a n d other
programs conducte d by the schools in the summer could b e a part of
an overall t w elve month school plan, including r e creation .
The purpos e of this m e morandum is to request that the Park s a n d
Recr e a t ion D e pa r tme nt and th e School D e partme nt discuss th e
feasibilit y of t r a n s fe r of sp e cial summe r re creation p r ograms -
Page Three
October 18, 1967
particularly in low income areas - to the School Department. The
special committee now preparing a five -year plan for public
recreation in the City of Atlanta might also be asked to consider
the potentialities of this proposal.

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