BURLINGTON — Parks are coming to the people this summer through Burlington Parks and Recreation’s Pop-Up program.

“Everyone can have fun in parks without spending lots of money,” Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Berner said.

From July 12 through Aug. 22, themed activities such as Touch a Truck and Battle of the Bands will take place at locations throughout the city, including the Burlington Public Library, Rotary Park and Lucille Umbarger Elementary School.

By partnering with organizations throughout Skagit County, the goal for the city is to put on events and connect people with services of which they might otherwise be unaware, Berner said.

PeaceHealth United General Medical Center, the Children’s Museum of Skagit County and the Burlington police and fire departments are a few of the partners working to put on the events.

The program was in part spurred because Berner saw what parks can offer to a community. She said some kids might live far from a park and have no way of getting to one.

“We’re going to the community instead of them coming to us,” Berner said.

One event — Games! Games! Games! — will take place in the grassy area at the Burlington Terrace Apartments, which are run by the Housing Authority of Skagit County.

Coming back bigger and better than ever, Touch a Truck will feature more vehicles and more space, library Director Sarah Ward said. The event will feature fire engines, a street sweeper and possibly a helicopter.

“Burlington is such a great place to be in,” Ward said. “There’s so many positive things happening.”

— Reporter Leah Allen: 360-416-2149, lallen@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Leah_SVH

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