The 2nd annual ‘Summer of Safety’ begins for Dallas children and teens


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The City of Dallas is offering dozens of free and low-cost activities to help kids and teens learn and have fun and safe activities this summer during its ‘Summer of Safety’ campaign.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Police Chief Eddie Garcia and other city and Dallas ISD officials announced the new Summer of Safety campaign to highlight some of these activities. Several City of Dallas organizations have joined together to offer different activities throughout the summer.

Some of those activities include:

Dallas Park and Recreation
The Dallas Park and Recreation will host a number of programs throughout the summer break. Browse everything Dallas Parks have to offer at

Teen All-Access Pass 
Dallas Park and Recreation are partnering with local organizations to sponsor a Teen All-Access Pass. The Teen All-Access Pass youth free entry to more than 10 popular Dallas cultural and recreational venues. Passes will be distributed to teens between the ages of 13 to 17 who live within the City of Dallas limits. Teens can pick up the passes at their nearest recreational center and begin to enjoy summer! The fun ranges from visiting the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas Zoo and others.

Aquatic Centers
The Dallas Park and Recreation has nine community pools and 17 spraygrounds across the City to enjoy. In addition to these facilities, residents can stay cool at the Cove and five other aquatic centers and Bahama Beach Waterpark. The closest aquatic center in our neighborhood is located at Bachman Lake Park.

The Aquatics Division is also looking for seasonal staff 16 years and older throughout 19 facilities around the city. The positions open include customer service representative, lifeguard or swim instructor. The starting pay is $18.91 per hour (starting pay varies by position). Applications are located here.

Best Buy Teen Tech Center
Dallas Park and Recreation Department’s Best Buy Teen Tech Center is an out-of-school learning space where young people, ages 12 — 17, can work with adult mentors to develop new skills, explore their own ideas, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.

Counselor in Training (CITs) Programs
Children ages 13-16 have an opportunity to learn job skills through Parks’ summer leadership training program. CITs support recreation programs and have a primary focus on youth summer camps. The position pays $35 per week. Call the following locations for more information: Kiest: 214.670.1918; Martin Weiss: 214.670.1919; Pleasant Oaks: 214.670.0945.

SMART Summer with Mayor Johnson
The Dallas Public Library’s summer reading and learning program is back in person after two years of virtual-only experiences. Students 18 and younger who read, or are read to, at least 20 minutes a day earn a free book for every 10 days of reading, up to five times through Aug. 13. When students have read 50 days, they will be entered in the grand prize drawings. Plus, there are events and hands-on activities every week to engage science, math, art, reading and technology interests. Online registration is now open. 

Mayor’s Youth Sports Ticket Program
The Mayor’s Youth Sports Ticket Program is an initiative created to welcome local youth to area professional, collegiate, and amateur sporting events at no charge. Dallas residents between the ages of 12 and 17 are eligible to participate with a goal of including sports fans who might otherwise not be able to attend their hometown teams’ events. Partnering with the Dallas Sports Commission, the Mayor’s program will provide a ticket to sports experiences to adolescents with each youth ticket holder also receiving an accompanying ticket for a chaperone. The tickets are to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis per availability. Learn more here.


For a complete list of activities is listed here on the Summer of Safety website.