Most young people think there is not much to do in Barstow during the summer. Well, actually, any time of the year.
Many residents groan that there is not enough in the city to keep Barstow youth entertained. But that probably means you're not looking in the right places.
The Desert Dispatch has compiled this list of top summertime attractions for Barstow's youth:
1. The Barstow Skate Park
It offers skateboard and BMX enthusiasts a personal playground dedicated just to them. The skate park is located at Dana Park, 850 Barstow Road, and is open from 7 a.m. to dusk. It is free to the public. The skate park caters to mid-level skaters and has some elements for beginning and advanced skaters.
The skate park has various rules, including using proper safety equipment such as helmets, elbow and knee pads. The skate park is also considered to be a safe location in the city. Police have responded to reports of fights at the skate park in the past, but those are "isolated" incidents, according to Barstow police Lt. Andy Espinoza Jr.
2. The Robert A. Sessions Memorial Sportspark
One of the largest recreational complexes in San Bernardino County, the sportspark features six baseball and softball fields, three soccer fields, two shaded basketball courts, shaded picnic areas and even batting cages.
The sportspark, located at 2800 Mayor Katy Parkway, is usually filled hosting tournaments and organized sporting events during summertime but its facilities are open to the public. Espinoza said he frequents the sportspark and describes it is a safe and family friendly park. The sportspark also hosts various events, including festivals and sports tournaments, throughout the year.
3. The Desert Discovery Center
Over the years, the Desert Discovery Center has become the one of the best locations in the city for children's activities. The Desert Discovery Center, located at 831 Barstow Road, promotes environmental education and accommodates local, national and international visitors. The Desert Discovery Center offers various summer programs, including a summer camp for kids, and also has a tenth-of-a-mile-long trail that focuses on desert plant and animal life, history and geology. The trail is also wheelchair accessible.
There are numerous items on display inside the center, most notably the Old Woman Meteorite. It is the second largest meteorite in the nation, weighing over three tons, and was found in the nearby Old Woman Mountains in 1975. The Desert Discovery Center is free to the public and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 760-252-6060 or visit desertdiscoverycenter.com.
4. Edna Henderson Pool
The pool is a no-brainer for this list as summer temperatures are constantly in the triple digits in Barstow. The pool is located at Foglesong Park, 300 S. Avenue G. On average, the pool sees 200 to 250 customers a day.
The pool is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and costs $2 a person to swim. There are also private swimming lessons available. For more information, call 760-256-5617.
5. Barstow Branch Library
Before groaning at the thought of attending a library, you may want to check out all the Barstow Branch Library has to offer during the summer. Located at 304 E. Buena Vista St., the library is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The library is closed on Fridays and Sundays.
The library offers various summer programs, including Preschool Storytime for children 3 to 5 years old, that focuses on letter recognition, print motivation and listening and narrative skills. The library also offers Craft Corner that features a different arts and crafts project every week. On July 14, magician David Skale will be performing at 3 p.m. and on July 21 entertainer Ken Frawley will be performing at 3 p.m. For more information, call 760-256-4850.