Scott G. Winterton, Dnews
Around 200 people turned out for the University Neighborhood Partners 5th annual Partners in the Park Kick-off held at Jordan Park in Salt Lake June 17, 2008. The organization will be hosting dinner and activities at different parks this in the valley this summer.

SALT LAKE CITY — University Neighborhood Partners, a department of the University of Utah, is hosting dinner and activities at parks on the west side of Salt Lake City this summer.

The university community and west Salt Lake residents are invited to participate in the events beginning June 18. A six-week program, Partners in the Park aims to encourage and promote higher education to youths, acquaint residents with the university and strengthen community engagement.

At the kickoff event June 18 at Jordan Park, seven scholarships will be awarded to community members who have overcome obstacles on their path to higher education. Scholarships are provided by private donors and the U. Alumni Association.

Each event begins at 6 p.m. and includes a free picnic dinner with activities for children and adults, including crafts, raffles, relay races and face painting provided by the U., local agencies and residents. Information on health services, health insurance and healthy habits will be provided.

The schedule of events is: June 18, Jordan Park, 1060 S. 900 West; June 25, Riverside Park, 739 S. 1400 West; July 9, Sherwood Park, 400 S. 1500 West; July 16, Rose Park Elementary, 1125 W. 1000 North; July 30, Poplar Grove Park, 800 S. 1200 West; Aug. 6. Constitution Park, 300 N. 1200 West.