Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2007

Recreation opportunities abound

May 31, 2007

For those looking to kill summer boredom, the Eudora Parks and Recreation department has a few ideas.

The department offers both ongoing programs and a few new startups to help keep people of all ages in shape.

Residents will also get the opportunity to experience a new pool funded by a $3.8 million bond passed last August. In the fall, the city will open a recreation center also included in the bond.

Wet, wild and waiting

Eudora residents could have a new reason to celebrate Independence Day. That's because the city is planning a grand-opening celebration of the Eudora Aquatic Center for the Fourth of July weekend.

Original plans called for the pool to be completed by mid-June but wet weather pushed the start date back, Eudora Parks and Recreation Director Tammy Hodges said.

"We have not made up any of those bad weather days we ran into," Hodges said. "The weather has left us five weeks behind on the construction."

Because of the delay, citizens have called the recreation office inquiring about the start of swim lessons and pool passes, she said.

The price of pool passes will be prorated because of the late opening, Hodges said.

Swimming lessons are tentatively planned to start by July 9.

"We should be able to have a spot on the deck where people can come and register for all of the programs," Hodges said.

When finished, the pool will have a zero-depth entry point, a lazy river and a water slide. The pool will also feature a general swimming and diving area.

Each Friday in July, residents could enjoy a different theme at the pool.

The theme nights include an '80s-themed night, a superstar night and a Hawaiian night, Hodges said.

In August, Hodges is planning a back-to-school event to celebrate the end of the summer.

After a Labor Day weekend, residents will have the opportunity to bring their dogs to the pool for a day before it's drained, Hodges said.

City officials are still trying to find ways to move up the opening if possible, Hodges said.

To your health

Look no further than the city for ways to keep in shape for the summer.

Since the spring, the recreation department has been running both Pilates and yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each will continue into the summer, Hodges said.

If one feels the call of the ball field or wants to form a team, several organized sports are available through the city for both children and adults.

"We pretty much already have softball going," Hodges said. "Our next project is to get some adult stuff in July then continue adult volleyball in September."

In July, the city will start a men's softball league and a co-ed softball league, Hodges said.

The registration deadline for both softball leagues will be June 25.

This summer parents can also register their children for fall sports.

"For the fall we'll have all kinds of exciting stuff going on," Hodges said.

In the fall, youngsters will be able to join soccer, volleyball and flag football leagues.

Registration deadline for fall sports will be July 16.

Youngsters also have several opportunities to stay entertained and learn new skills over summer.

Jessica Vogt at the Eudora Arts Center will be working with the city to teach a tiny tumblers class and will offer arts and crafts activities starting in July, Hodges said.

Amanda Alexander will also continue to teach an ongoing dance class for youngsters aged from 3 years to high school, Hodges said.

The city will continue expanding its fitness programs in the fall with the grand opening of a new recreation center, Hodges said.

For information about ongoing summer activities, call the parks and recreation department at 542-1725.

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