TAMPA, Fla. —The City of Tampa is continuing the Stay and Play program for the fourth consecutive year.
Select recreation centers around the city will have extended hours from March 15 to 24.
Teens who have a free recreation card can participate in programs and utilize all the recreation centers have to offer. Since 2016, more than 138,000 teens have used the program.
"Our staff loves it, the community loves it because it keeps the kids off the street. It's a service we actually like to provide it's long hours, long days for us," says Jamal Jefferson with Tampa's Parks and Recreation Department. "If we can save one kid, it's worth it for us."
Programs include fitness classes, swimming classes, music production classes and computer classes. Stay and Play gives teens a safe place when school is out.
"It's important because there's so many distractions, so many opportunities for our kids to fall short," says Jefferson. "Drugs, gangs, there's violence all over the city. So for us to provide them somewhere to be, somewhere safe where there's mentor and staff who care about them and love them."
Food is provided for free and transportation home, when available.
The locations participating in Stay & Play this spring break that will remain open until midnight are:
Click here for more information about the Stay and Play program.