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Duval County ‘Summer Safe Gyms’ Opening In July

USAG- Humphries

Seven middle and high school gymnasiums in Duval County will be open to kids starting the second week of July.

Duval School Board Chairman Cheryl Grimes says the so-called Summer Safe Gyms program is part of the district’s effort to keep young people out of trouble when they’re not in school.

“We basically don't want our kids roaming the streets, looking for something to do over the summer,” Grimes said. “We want them to be focused. We want them to be active and certainly opening the gyms gives them an opportunity to give them a place to go to.”

The gyms will be open Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The 4-week program will be run by the school system in partnership with the city, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and a number of non-profit organizations.

Summer Safe Gyms:

  • Alfred Dupont Middle School, 2710 DuPont Ave.
  • Ft. Caroline Middle School, 3787 University Club Blvd.
  • Highlands Middles School, 10913 Pine Estates Road E
  • Joseph Stilwell Middle School, 7840 Burma Road
  • Kirby-Smith Middle School, 2034 Hubbard St.
  • Mayport Middle School, 2600 Mayport Road
  • Sandalwood High School, 2750 John Prom Blvd.

Photo credit: “S.K.Y. Streetball Syndicate visits Humphreys” by USAG- Humphreys is used under CC BY 2.0.