The lazy, hazy and unbearably hot days of summer are in full effect, as is the summer vacation season for thousands upon thousands of Valley children. And as is often the case, Valley parents are forced to hear the incessant complaints — sometimes whining — about boredom, which to most adults is as irritating as nails on a chalkboard.
However, by next week, when recreation departments throughout the Valley have their summer rec programs in full swing, there will be no excuse for such statements as "Mom, there's nothing to do."
This summer's crop of rec programs is quite extensive. In years past, as local cities felt the sting associated with loss of utility taxes that went to funding many city general fund expenditures, more often than not the parks and rec department was hardest hit.
Over the past few years, cities for the most part have been able to recover and pump many more funds into rec programs, largely due to the realization that providing ample quality-of-life-enhancing amenities aimed at giving children fun and healthy activities provides for a better community.