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Parents scramble to enroll kids in city-run recreation programs, summer camps

The swimming pool at the Annette Community Recreation Centre is shown in an undated file photo. HANDOUT/City of Toronto

Thousands of parents spent Wednesday morning refreshing webpages and standing in long lines trying to register their kids in city-run spring recreation programs and summer camps in Toronto-York and Toronto-East York.

Some parents were even spotted camping outside community centres in frigid temperatures to snag one of the limited spots, but 96 per cent opted for the online option.

City of Toronto spokesperson Brad Ross said over 50,000 online registrations were processed in the first hour alone Wednesday morning.

If you weren’t able to secure a spot all hope isn’t lost. The city said spots do sometimes re-open and most programs have waiting lists.

Some expressed frustration online about the lengths necessary to secure a spot for their kids.