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Summer camp moved from Wedgewood center

Public health alert issued for area spurs program relocation to Brownsville

A summer camp for children has been relocated from the Wedgewood Community Center following a public health alert issued for the neighborhood.

Escambia County’s Play, Learn, Grow Summer Camp that had been held at the Marie K. Young Wedgewood Community Center on Wagner Road is relocated to the Brownsville Communtiy Center at 3100 E. Desoto St. as a precautionary measure.

Escambia County public health officials on july 22 issued a health alert for the area after air quality tests shows elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide, which causes eye, nose and throat irritation.

Hydrogen sulfide can smell like rotten eggs, but in lower concentrations can be odorless.

The alert was issued the same ay residents had organized a tour of the many borrow pits and construction and demolition debris pits that they say have been a health and safety issue for decades.

Play, Learn, Grow summer camp is free and open to children ages 5 to 14 and the camp will continue to provide various recreational activities.

The camp is open Monday through Friday until August 15. Participants may report starting at 7 a.m. each day and supervised activities will be provided until 6 p.m.

 Children who have not taken part in this program are encouraged to do so in its final three weeks.

For more information, please contact Escambia County Department of Community Affairs, Leroy Williams,(850) 426-1156 or Shurlitha Jones, (850) 426 – 1234, or visit MyEscambia.com.