Free activities for teens ready to start

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Dallas Park and Recreation Department is increasing its outreach to teens with a series of free late-night activities and free camps. An exciting aspect of TREC is the nighttime recreation that will be available at five recreation centers from 7 – 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays beginning June 14. TREC activities will give youth lifetime experiences in visual and performing arts; community service; health and wellness; leadership and life skills; and technology/STEM. The department’s Teen Tech Center will be onsite giving teens time to explore video and music production, photography and software development. In addition, roving camps will be offered at six recreation centers Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants 15 and older will have free access to fitness rooms at the recreation centers to complement TREC healthy living activities. With the city’s teen curfew in effect, she hopes that TREC will be instrumental in reducing the number of citations teens and their parents receive annually. For more information, visit

              — Andrea Hawkins