The initiative “My city, your city, our city” will organize safe summer activities for young people and families



Members of the Evanston community can enjoy a variety of free events and activities at parks and community centers throughout the summer as part of the My Town, Your Town, Our town.

Presented by the City’s Health and Human Services Department, Parks and Recreation Department and local youth-serving organizations known as The Collective, My City, Your City, Our City (MCYCOC) will offer safe, fun and rewarding summer activities for young people. 13 to 18 years old, as well as intergenerational activities for the whole family. The initiative will include extended hours and free programs at Evanston Community Centers, community-building events, and access to community information and resources.

First Fridays return to Mason Park, June through August

Fridays June 3, July 1 and August 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Every first Friday from June through August, community members of all ages can stop by Mason Park, located at Church Street and Florence Avenue, to enjoy free food, movies, an obstacle course and of a variety of games, including the Senior Foster Club Bingo Tournament in the park. Representatives from The Collective and other community organizations will also be on hand to provide information on resources available for youth and families throughout the summer and beyond. During the event on Friday, June 3, community members are encouraged to wear orange in honor of Gun Violence Prevention Day.

Extended hours and free activities at Evanston Community Centers

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting June 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In addition to Gibbs Morrison being open nightly for young people to congregate safely from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., youth ages 13 to 18 can visit the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center (Mondays and Wednesdays) and the Robert Crown Community Center (Fridays) free indoors and outdoors. weeknight outdoor activities offered by city staff and community social service agencies, including The Collective. Activities will include free food, the latest video games with tournaments and prizes, an open gym with basketball skill challenges, enrichment activities, restorative circle groups and more.

BLOC (bringing love to our community and our children)

BLOCK Parties are currently being planned and executed with existing and new block clubs to provide residents with meaningful and safe ways to have fun during the summer. BLOCK Parties are intended to create a community within a certain radius of a block or community within a specified area. Therefore, BLOCK party locations are not publicly announced. Email [email protected] for more information.

Official MCYCOC Block Party

An official MCYCOC Block Party open to all members of the community will be held on Saturday, June 25, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Harbert-Payne Park, located at the corner of Main Street and McDaniel Avenue. This event will take place in coordination with the honorary street naming of Chief Bill Logan, Evanston’s first black police chief whose primary goal was to make Evanston a safe and fair place for all.

The collective is made up of local youth-serving organizations including Connections for the Homeless, Curt’s Cafe, Erie Family Health Centers, Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, PEER Services, Youth and Opportunities United ( YOU), and Youth Employment Center (YJC).

For more information on My City, Your City, Our City events and activities, visit cityofevanston.org/safesummer or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

Submitted by the City of Evanston


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