Volunteers and community youth organizations were hard at work to bring a safe, clean and entertaining spring break alternative to hundreds of teens at the 22nd annual Teen Break event at Rotary Community Park this week.

“We have spent a lot of time setting up tents and setting up the skate park before the event and of course, making sure we had plenty of water bottles to go around,” said volunteer Nate Woodcox.

The Lake Havasu City Aquatics and Recreation division along with youth organizations and religious groups like Abundance Grace Church, hosted the event which provides teens grades six-12 with safe activities while they are on spring break.

“The church has been sponsoring this event for eight years now,” said Ellie Harvey with Abundant Grace. “It provides a fun and safe place for teens.

“This is my third year getting involved and volunteering here,” said Sam Harvey. “It’s a great event.”

Access to the skate park, fair rides, free food provided by local sponsors in the community and countless arts in crafts are just some of the activities participants enjoyed at the event.

Volunteers cook burgers for the Teens at Teen Break. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Volunteers cook burgers for the Teens at Teen Break. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

“I learned about Teen Break from a flyer I saw at school,” said Logan Dennis. “This is my first year coming here and I think it is pretty cool.”

Participants also have the opportunity to win prizes and giveaways, and enjoy live entertainment while scouting the booths around Rotary Park.

Included in the $40 all-inclusive registration fee, is a wrist band and free food which is available all day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., throughout the three-day program which runs through March 19.

Parents can drop off children between those hours at the park.

“I am pleased with an event like this, my child is off from school so it provides her with something to do and keeps her busy,” said parent Elsa Williams. “I think with so much going on at the Channel when many college aged kids come into town, instead of having my young kids hang out there, they are safe at this event.”

Teens can still register for the remaining day of the event at the Aquatic Center at 100 Park Ave. For more information, call 928-453-8686.

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