Columbus rec centers expand hours in student safety effort

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials hope to keep 50,000 Columbus grade-school students safe during spring break by expanding recreation center hours and offering programs.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports six city recreation centers are extending evening hours from Tuesday through Saturday during spring break, from March 25 through April 4.

The centers may have sports tournaments, NCAA Tournament watch parties, DJs and spoken-word sessions. All Columbus recreation centers will offer walk-in activities and classes.

The library system plans to offer student programs.

The efforts follow two shootings in one day this month that police believe involved gangs. In one, a 5-year-old boy was shot in the head and faces a long recovery. In an unrelated shooting, a car was sprayed with bullets, killing a 7-year-old boy and hurting his 5-year-old brother and 4-year-old sister.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,