Brawley Rec offers fun and noise

Bryan Garrett attempts to get his crew to play an organized game of ball
Bryan Garrett attempts to get his crew to play an organized game of ball

BRAWLEY – The Brawley Parks and Recreation program held a full house of children at the Lion’s Center with the decibels of noise keeping the meter needle buried as squealing and laughter filled the oversize room.


Summer Day Camp had the appearance of controlled chaos as youngsters played ball, climbed on their leaders, and enjoyed the freedom of summer play.

A few groups of children found quieter corners where they could assemble puzzles or visit.

DSC_0028Rachel Zepeda, director, has been running the Brawley Recreation summer program for five years. She calmly monitored all the playing children and the teens that helped her. The noise barely noticeable anymore.

Summer Day Camp will be run From Tuesday July 1st to Friday, August 8th. After Summer Camp, Open gym only will be offered.

Bryan Garrett, a recent Imperial High School graduate that towered above his charges was too irritable not to try to climb as active boys and girls tried their luck in scaling the tall aid.  He kept it cool as he continuously plucked children off his back and sides. Garrett will work at the Lion’s Center until he needs to leave for college in mid summer. He will attend San Francisco State.

The Camp accommodates children entering the 1st grade to those entering 6th and is held Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fees are $75 for residents and $100 for non-residents.

The Recreation Department has a whole gamut of activities to offer such as ‘Paint, Read, & Play, Zumba Classes, Mini Camp for those 3 – 5 in age, swim lessons, clay sculpting class, and a still life painting class.