We just got a press release from Joelle Hammerstad at Seattle Parks and Recreation titled "Fishing For Kids at Green Lake." Sadly, the title isn't in Comic Sans, but the rest of the e-mail sure is. As is becoming tradition, I'll let Jeffy and Dolly interpret the press release, and the full text is after the jump:
GONE FISHIN’! SEATTLE, PARKS, STATE FISH & WILDLIFE, AND GoPAW TO SPONSOR THE 2010 “KIDS’ FISH-IN” AT GREEN LAKE PARK MAY 22
For any kid who’s ever wanted to shout, “I GOT ONE!!” here’s an event you won’t want to miss. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold the “Fishing Kids” event at Green Lake Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22.
Up to 500 kids will cast their lines into the water and go home with a rod and reel, and — probably — a fish — or two for a $5 registration fee.
The event will take place at the Green Lake Park beach by the Bathhouse Theater, 7630 E Green Lake Drive N, on the northwest shore of Green Lake. Please consider carpooling or taking the bus, as parking will be limited.
Each child should arrive a half hour before his or her assigned “flight,” or fishing time. After registering, kids will listen to a short talk on water safety, and volunteers will show them how to bait the hook and use the rod and reel before they start fishing.
Fishing is a lifelong sport the whole family can enjoy, and this year’s sponsors are dedicated to teaching kids about fishing, water safety, different kinds of fish, how to cast, and what to do with a fish once you catch it.
Fishing gets kids outdoors and can introduce them to our state’s most beautiful sites. During this Earth Month in Seattle, fishing teaches understanding of and respect for Pacific Northwest ecosystems and makes them aware of the importance of the environment to our quality of life.
Sponsors include Go Play Outside Alliance of Washington (GoPAW), Coastal Conservation Association, Ballard Trout and Salmon Club, the Seattle Poggie Club, Washington State B.A.S.S. Foundation, Trout Unlimited, Puget Sound Anglers (Sno-King Chapter), Berkley PowerBait, ZEBCO, Eagle Claw, and Purefishing. GoPAW holds fishing events all over Washington State to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. For more information on other events, see www.gopaw.org .
Register your child today. Go online to www.seattle.gov/parks and click on “SPARC,” or stop by any Parks and Recreation facility.