Tis the season for vacations, summer camp, cookouts, amusement parks and swimming pools.
But for 1,650 local young people, the summer season also means working in the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment and Internship program,. It's designed to provide summer jobs - and a paycheck - for Buffalo residents only, who are 15 through 21-years-old.
Monday was the last day of orientation for the 2017 cycle. The six-week program kicks off officially on July 10.
This year, Mayor Byron Brown's administration has invested $1.6 million in the project - the most ever spent in a season. And the project was expanded to include an additional 150 slots, bringing the total number of participants to 1,650 - the most participants ever in a season.
"I am proud of my administration's focus on our youth as we enter a record year," Brown said. "This is the largest group of youth employed in Western New York. Participants will gain valuable work experience and professional skills to take with them into their future careers."
Speaking of summertime fun.
Monday's Splish Splash Summer Bash at Martin Luther King Jr. Park kicked off the season and the opening of the park's splash pad.
The MLK pad - which opened in the summer of 2013 - is part of the city's $4.5 million all-season water attraction. It's a reflecting pool during spring and fall and an ice rink during the winter.
Through Labor Day, the pad is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What's more, the city pools are scheduled to open July 1.
Bring on the summer fun!
The Common Council meets at 2 p.m. today on the 13th floor of City Hall for its regular business meeting.
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