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City to extend rec center hours, sponsor zoo camps in event teachers strike

If public school teachers go on strike, Oklahoma City plans to extend operating hours at nine recreation centers and conduct all-day camps at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Teachers' unions have set a tentative strike date of April 2. They are seeking pay raises and education funding increases.

Recreation centers are free. Zoo camps for children ages 4 to 11 will require advance registration and a $45 daily fee.

Recreation centers

From April 2 until the walkout ends, nine recreation centers will be open for schoolchildren from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays:

Officials said the Parks Department was working on a plan with Oklahoma City Public Schools and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide meals for students at the recreation centers.

The Food Bank is accepting donations and organizing volunteers to help feed public school students at regionalfoodbank.org/supportstudents.

Parks summer camps and other activities begin May 29. Learn more  about summer programs and activities at okc.gov/parks.

Zoo camps

The Oklahoma City Zoo plans to conduct weekday camps should a walkout occur, hosted by the Education Department.

Camps are for children ages 4 to 11.

Advanced registration and payment is required and campers must provide immunization records.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., with drop-off at the Zoo’s Education Center beginning at 8:20 a.m.

The cost is $45 per child per day. For additional information or to register, call 425-0218 or visit okczoo.org.

Regular zoo admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 11.

Embark bus route 022 stops at the zoo, 2101 NE 50th Street.

William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›