The city will keep two pools open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights this summer, part of a parks and recreation program to provide Lawrence teens with wholesome weekend activities.
Kathy Fode, the city's superintendent of recreation, said the Municipal Pool, 741 Ky., and the Carl Knox Natatorium at Lawrence High School will be open to teens from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. during four weekends this summer.
The program, which begins Friday, also includes basketball and volleyball in the west gym at the high school, 1901 La.
Admission is free.
"We hope it will keep kids off the streets, and give them something to do so they won't be out getting into trouble," Fode said.
Students in senior and junior high schools will alternate nights at the two sites, Fode said. Lawrence high students are welcome at the Municipal Pool on Friday, while junior high students may go to the high school. The groups will switch places Saturday.
Fode said the programs grew out of last summer's inaugural "Summer Brain Cramp -- Not," which drew 500 teens in two nights for sports, food, movies and even karoke at the pool and Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th.
This year's bash, Summer Brain Cramp II, will be Aug. 13.
Here's the extended schedule:
-- Lawrence High students: Municipal Pool on Friday, then again on July 10 (Saturday), July 23 (Friday) and Aug. 6 (Friday); high school, Saturday, July 9 (Friday) and July 24 (Saturday); and Holcom Park Recreation Center, Aug. 7 (Saturday).
-- Junior high students: Municipal Pool on Saturday, then July 9 (Friday), July 24 (Saturday) and Aug. 7 (Saturday); high school, Friday, July 10 (Saturday) and July 23 (Friday); and Holcom Park, Aug. 6 (Friday).