The 24th annual Kids at the Park event at Hollister's Dunne Park on Wednesday, June 21, offered a variety of fun and educational health- and safety-related activities for local children.
The Hollister Recreation Department sponsored the free event that provided children and families with information, free bike helmets, and prizes. Participants could register their bicycle through the Hollister Fire Department and sample nutritious food.
The Hollister School District, Youth Alliance, Probation Department and other local agencies participated. The Hollister Police Activities League (PAL) and gang prevention officials were on hand.
Gang Prevention Officer Al DeVos said the event was a way to help children learn more about safety. He passed out informational literature, including coloring books and coloring books that had themes such as "Gangs Are Not For Me." Some comic books focused on bullying awareness and prevention.
One of the Kids in the Park founders, Lynn Mello of the Safe Kids Coalition, said the event began in the 1990s "when we were looking to prevent injury and illness" among children. The registered nurse said she believes in prevention efforts and said the event annually includes information on preventing injuries, obesity and smoking.