A Summer Tradition: Day at Lake Phalen

Fishing in your own neighborhood, geocaching, harmonica-making, Double Dutch jumping -- what more could you want out of a summer afternoon? On July 30, over 450 young people in Saint Paul were able to take advantage of these activities and more at the collaborative event known as Day at Lake Phalen. Sprockets partners generously put their ideas and resources together to execute what has become an eagerly awaited annual event.

Day at Lake Phalen July 2014 - Sprockets

Day at Lake Phalen began years ago as a collaboration of the East Side Network Cafe, but has now grown to include multiple network areas. As youth workers know, planning a jam-packed event to serve this many young people requires substantial resources and energy. When partner organizations come together to contribute time, talent or supplies, it helps the limited funds we do have go much further. For example, Sprockets Innovation Funds were able to provide four buses to increase the event’s accessibility.  By staggering schedules and sharing buses, 23 different programming sites were able to bring their youth to participate.

Day at Lake Phalen July 2014 - Sprockets

“We participated in the day because we know it is beneficial for our youth to get off site whenever we can,” Lisa Crocker, Resident Services Coordinator at Opportunity Neighborhood, noted. “Learning away from our classroom space is often the most memorable part of their summers.”

Day at Lake Phalen July 2014 - Sprockets

Other partners that contributed to the success of the day include:

-- Saint Paul Parks and Recreation: climbing wall, jump castle, crafting tools, archery field games, prizes, staffing, volunteer and food coordination and more!

-- Boy Scouts of America Northern Star Council: fishing and rockets

-- Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center/Science Museum of Minnesota: harmonica-making

-- Project Get Outdoors: fishing and geocaching

-- YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities - East Side Branch: parachute and field games

-- YWCA St. Paul: Jump Jam – Double Dutch jumping

Thank you to all who helped provide this enriching summer activity for our city’s youth!

Day at Lake Phalen July 2014 - Sprockets

Day at Lake Phalen July 2014 - Sprockets

Day at Lake Phalen July 2014 - Sprockets